Lakeland High School placed on lockdown after multiple fights break out in school cafeteria

Posted at 12:37 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 15:21:38-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - Lakeland High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after multiple fights occurred in the school's cafeteria.

According to the Suffolk Police Department, Lakeland's school resource officer called dispatch regarding the incident at 11:28 a.m.

Police said it's unknown at this time if the fights were related. No injuries have been reported at this time.

According to the school's administrator, students are not being released from school at this time, and the situation is still being handled.

One parent we spoke to said he wasn't being allowed to pick up his daughter, who he said was punched during one of the fights.

Below is the letter that parents got from Principal Marie Bullock:

"As you know, I always stress the importance of keeping an open line of communication between the home and the school. I also want to assure you that the safety of every child here is our primary concern. As such, I need to inform you of a disturbance that occurred this morning on the campus of Lakeland High School.

As students were transitioning to lunch, multiple fights occurred in the cafeteria area. The school was placed on a Code Yellow to clear the halls and get students into their classes. No weapons were involved. The Suffolk Police Department was contacted, and the investigation remains ongoing. Please discuss with your child the importance of telling a teacher, administrator, or staff member when they know of a situation that could threaten student safety. If your student is aware of any information related to these incidents, please encourage them to tell an administrator or school staff member. Thank you for your continued support to keep Lakeland High School safe."

The incident is still under investigation, and no additional information is currently available.