PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria High School students have been dismissed early after several disruptions, including a falsely pulled fire alarm, police said.
Streets were closed near the high school as several police squads arrived at the scene with what appears to be pepper spray and pellet guns to tackle student fights breaking out.
After fights inside the school building emerged, a false fire alarm was pulled, leading students outside, where several additional fights broke out in the middle of a very large crowd. At one point, police used pepper balls to disperse people involved in the fights.
Some students described the situation as frightening.
“It was too many people going up and down the streets and I was actually kind of scared though, looking for my brother, making sure my friends and stuff were okay,” said a Peoria High sophomore.
School administration said some of those taking part in the fights have already been identified. Some were Peoria Public School students, but there were others who were not.
Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria said both juveniles and adults were involved in the fights, and some have already been taken into custody.
District 150’s spokesperson Thomas Bruch also confirmed the Manual-Peoria High football game has been postponed until Sunday. Richwoods football game against Danville was also rescheduled until Saturday.
Both football games will played without spectators in attendance.
Below are photos and videos from the scene:
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.