Columbus police said that a fire in a bathroom prompted the evacuation of Linden-McKinley High School on Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, a fire was reported in a third-floor bathroom.
After the school was evacuated, police said that a number of people got into a fight in the front of the school.
Two juveniles and one adult were arrested, and police said that at least one officer had to use mace to break up the fight.
One staff member was injured while trying to break up the fight.
Neighbor Karmen Ransey said that she could not believe what she was seeing.
“It looked liked chaos,” Ransey said. “I was completely terrified. I called my mother and my grandmother and told them I was actually scared.”
Columbus mounted officers patrolled the grounds outside of the school as school let out for the day Wednesday afternoon.
The school sent a letter home to parents that mentioned the fire but did not mention the fight or the arrests. The district said that the omission of the detail was not intentional.
Ransey said that she is ready to move from the neighborhood.
“I am ready to move,” Ransey said. “I am so tired of the screaming, the violence, the fighting in front of this building all of the time.”
Police said that they were unsure of the link between the fire and the fight.
District officials said that they were taking the issue very seriously and that they would punish those involved.
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