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17 Students Charged After Cafeteria Brawl

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MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) – Officials say 17 students have been charged following a fight last month in a West Michigan high school cafeteria that police broke up with pepper spray.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the update on the March 26 fight at Muskegon High School comes as prosecutors released video of the lunchtime brawl. The video shows students surging at one end of the lunchroom during the brawl as others stand on chairs to watch.

Those charged range in age from 14 to 17. Charges include resisting and obstructing police, fighting, assault and battery, and disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors.  To 17-year-old girls were charged as adults.

A school resource officer broke up a fight that initially started between two girls. A male student then got involved and the fight escalated.

One pregnant student was reportedly hospitalized after she was pushed to the ground. No other serious injuries were reported.

District officials said the students involved would face school punishment along with the misdemeanor charges.

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