A fight between six girls sent dozens of kids to the emergency room. Now we're finding out, Palatka high school has had other problems in the last week.
Friday morning kids heard screaming in the hallway and saw a bunch of kids gathered around. "Some chick punched another chick," said James Blake.
Blake was in the school hallway when police say a girl pulled out pepper spray during a fight. Forty other students, including Austin Sterling had to be treated. "I walked into it and inhaled it. It was in my chest and my eyes started itching."
Sterling, along with 27 other students, went to the emergency room. This isn't the first problem inside Palatka high school in the last week. "They've been releasing us by hallways the last couple days because we've had some problems with it," said Blake.
The principal admits there have been issues recently. "We've had some tensions in there," said Principal Deborah Decubellis. But she wouldn't say exactly what caused those tensions. "Just some words and things going back and forth between students. We're working closely with the sheriff's office and the black community."
The school wants teachers to keep an ear out too. "We're putting more staff members in the beginning, middle and end of the day to ensure the safety of our kids," said Principal Decubellis.
The principal plans to meet with parents on Monday night at the school at 6 p.m. so get their input on how to make sure this school is safe for their kids.