There are 19 students of a St. Cloud high school facing possible expulsion and criminal charges stemming from a fight on campus last week.
The incident on Sept. 25 saw multiple fights break out just before noon at Tech High School, with police sent to the scene and the school placed on lockdown.
In an update on Tuesday, St. Cloud Police Department says the incident was sparked by a fight between two 16-year-old male students of the same race, who had "an issue with each other from a previous altercation that occurred off school grounds.".
As they brawled, their friends "mutually and willingly" got involved as the scene escalated, with several additional fights breaking out within a 10-minute period in the school hallways.
Three staff members tried to break up the fights, with all three suffering minor injuries as a result.
Criminal charges are now pending against the 19 students.
Those involved have been told they won't be allowed to return to School District 742 schools for the rest of the academic year, and may also face permanent expulsion.
One of the students involved flashed a pocket knife, but it wasn't used in the fight. Nonetheless, that student may face additional charges.
In a statement to KARE 11, St. Cloud Area School District said it continues to investigate the brawls, and any additional students taking part will face "additional consequences."
"St. Cloud Area School District is appreciative of the support provided by the St. Cloud Police Department and school staff to help return Tech High School to a calm, orderly learning environment," it added.