AURORA, Ill. – Three suburban Chicago high school students were arrested following a massive food fight that left a police officer with a broken foot, officials said.
West Aurora High School students hurled french fries, milk, sandwiches and pizza slices at each other during what administrators described as a senior prank that got out of hand.
Authorities said at least 200 students were in the cafeteria during Thursday's free-for-all.
"It was just insane," said senior Zach Little, who was in the cafeteria when the melee began. "Things like milk cartons, full pop bottles and blue slushies were flying around. Kids literally bought the food to throw it and, to me, that's a little expensive."
The food fight's alleged 18-year-old instigator faces a felony charge for resisting arrest, after authorities said he ran from a police officer. The officer tripped over another student who had fallen during the food fight, breaking his foot. A school official also suffered minor injuries.
"A prank is something that's funny and doesn't harm anything or anyone, but a food fight is entirely different — a bad choice, bad judgment," said Principal John Glimco.
Two juveniles also face misdemeanor charges from the incident, including a 15-year-old charged with mob action and disorderly conduct and a 14-year-old charged with assault.
Students said rumors of the food fight had been circulating throughout the 3,000-student school all week.
"Everything the school sells was thrown," said 15-year-old Tony Dellorto.
Administrators increased security at the school 30 miles west of Chicago and closed the cafeteria on Friday. The lunch area will remain closed on Monday, the last day of classes.
"There will be consequences for the students involved," said Mike Chapin, a spokesman for West Aurora School District 129.