According to school police, "multiple" students were pepper-sprayed at John C. Fremont Senior High School in South Los Angeles when at least two separate fights broke out.
Two "spontaneous" physical altercations between students broke out on campus, prompting an officer to use the pepper spray "in an effort to quickly end the fights," Los Angeles School Department Police Chief Steven Zipperman said in a statement.
The spray was credited with ending the fights; however, other students not involved were also hit, according to the statement.
School officials did not say how the fight broke out, but a student's mother told KTLA one fight started when a group of girls attacked her daughter. The woman said her daughter, who is in ROTC, has been the victim of bullying at the school.
One witness reported there were three fights going on at the school when police started pepper-spraying the crowd.
"I was just in the crowd and the cops just started pepper-spraying everyone. They pepper-sprayed like, 30 kids," said the student, who did not want to be named. She was one of the students hit with the spray.
The LAPD said around 17 people in including one police officer were exposed to the spray. None of the pepper-sprayed students was taken to a hospital.