Police hauled away seven students after a melee erupted at Abraham Lincoln High School in Mayfair Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Three fights erupted in the hall of the school, on Ryan Avenue near Rowland, around 1:15 p.m., according to school district spokesman Fernando Gallard. Officials locked down the 1,800-student school for about 45 minutes as cops rushed in to calm the chaos.
"It was just everybody fighting in the hallway," said Damaso Delorbe, 17, a senior. "Everybody was just running around the hallways, there were fights here and there."
Delorbe and other students said the brawl started when two male students got into a fistfight after one allegedly hit the other's younger sister, also a student at the school. Gallard could not confirm this account and said the cause of the brawl remained under investigation around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Cops said they placed six students -- five boys and one girl -- under arrest for their involvement in the fight. Gallard said seven students total had been taken into custody, but one had likely been released. There was no word on charges as of 7 o'clock Tuesday night.
No students were badly injured, and some said similar fights have happened before at the high school.
"There [are] a lot of fights here, but it's not that violent," senior Nalina Velez, 18, said. "Lots of kids are immature. People have issues."
Shortly after 3 p.m., under the watchful eyes of a handful of city and school cops, the students were dismissed from school without further incident. Gallard said any students involved in the fight would face disciplinary action of at least a suspension.