The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the incident began when an assistant principal at Lovejoy High School called police to report a student for gambling around 11:15.
Officer Phong Nguyen with Clayton County police told the AJC that the student, whose name was not released because he was a juvenile, had a knife and was arrested on gambling and weapon charges, Nguyen said. The student was transported to the youth detention center, police said.
And that was just the beginning.
With officers already on campus, a food fight erupted in the cafeteria, despite officers' attempts to halt it, Nguyen said.
“A few students didn’t want to stop the food fight and wanted to continue in it," Nguyen said.
One student, 18-year-old Jefferson Rivera, allegedly began cursing at an officer, Nguyen said. Another student, Eric Fuentes, 17, allegedly jumped on the back of another officer. At that point, an officer deployed pepper foam, Nguyen said.