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.