Nova Scotia

Violent clashes at school send 2 to hospital

Two students were arrested and two others taken to hospital after a series of fights broke out Tuesday at a Halifax-area high school.

Two students were arrested and two others taken to hospital Tuesday after a series of fights broke out at a Halifax-area high school.

The clashes at Cole Harbour District High School erupted around noon.

RCMP said several fights started inside the school in the main corridor, but the fighting escalated and spilled outside, by the main doors.

"And that's when we were trying to break up all the fights that were taking place," said Cpl. Joe Taplin.

School officials told students to go to a classroom and stay inside. Some students fled the building.

Two people were taken to hospital with unspecified injuries, while two others were arrested. Taplin said charges are expected.

RCMP and officials with the Halifax Regional School Board said they will have to review security tapes to determine exactly what happened.

But Taplin said no weapons were involved and the fighters all appeared to be students at the school.

A board official said the school is looking at handing out suspensions and bringing in more security in an attempt to prevent possible retaliatory attacks.

Cole Harbour District High has more than 1,100 students in grades 10 to 12.

The school made headlines around the country in 1997 when fights and brawls erupted over several months.

The Nova Scotia government commissioned a report, which called for zero tolerance of violence and racism, increased security and mediation.

With files from the Canadian Press