SLHS Principal Warns Students After Wednesday Food Fight

Fracas actions of a "small group of morally corrupt students," Butler says.

A small group of students was involved in a food fight during "A" lunch at South Lakes High School on Wednesday, prompting principal Bruce Butler to warn students they will be suspended if caught in such a disturbance.

"The fight was very disruptive and caused a significant mess," Butler said in an e-mail to the SLHS community. "Food fights are not a joke, they are incredibly dangerous events which endanger all students."

One witness said a small group of students began throwing items such as milk cartons and apples. The witness said most students got up and left when food began flying.

 Butler said that parents should remind students that a food fight can result in a five-day suspension and possible criminal charges. Seniors could lose graduation privileges.

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Here is the full text of the email.

Seahawk Parents:

Today during A lunch a small group of students started a food fight. The event was very disruptive and created an significant mess. Sadly, once the event began several other students decided to join in.

Food fights are not a joke, they are incredibly dangerous events which endanger all students. Our children at the greatest risk are those with physical and intellectual disabilities. They may not, or in some cases cannot, move out of the way of hundreds of students who dash away from the flying food.

This type of behavior is absolutely counter to both our school's and community's values. It also reflects a decadent indifference to the selfless dedication of our custodial staff and the importance of having food to eat when many do not.

Please take the time to discuss this issue with your child tonight. I realize that today's incident was the result of the actions of a small group of morally corrupt students. That said, I will not allow groups of student to jeopardize the safety of others.

Please convey to your child that any student observed particpating in a food fight will be suspended for five days and, if possible, charged by the police. Any senior involved will also lose their opportunity to participate in graduation activities.

South Lakes High School is recognized regionally for its caring student body and instructional focus. Such behaviors are simply wrong and will not be tolerated on any level.

Thanks for your help, 

Bruce Butler 


Dorothea June 01, 2011 at 04:57 PM
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Gianna June 01, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I believe this entire argument is growing increasingly irrelevant, and is errupting into an immature and rather useless exchange of verbal barbs. Let us look at this issue through facts, not personal opinion or false statistics. (continued)
Gianna June 01, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Children that sign the SR&R sheet acknowledge that they have read and understand the content of the book. The signature of the parent bears the same connotation; this includes the county's policy on food fights. Though they may seem silly, there are a number of students that attend public school's determined as physically fragile. Sure, a flying milk carton may seem silly and trivial to most. However, that milk carton would eventually lead to the spilling of liquid. It does not take common sense to see where the health hazard lies; wet floors lead to a higher chance of a student falling and seriously injuring themselves. The floors are hard, like the floors of most school cafeterias, so if the student happened to fall on their head, severe head injuries could occur. Injuries that could lead to the student falling comatose, requiring hospitalization, or even death. During food fights, students run about, in order to avoid the food. This inherently increases the possibility of a student falling and hurting themselves further. Additionally, the falling student is also in risk of injuring others. This takes me back to my point regarding the physically fragile students; there are some that attend the school that could be grievously injured or killed by having a fellow student already propelled forward with a great amount of force from their running. (continued)
Gianna June 01, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Yes—the principal’s words might have been strong, regarding “moral corruption”. However, getting upset over this phrase and thus complaining about the administration because of it proves a lack of understanding of the meaning of his letter in the first place; the idea of the letter was to instruct parents to reinforce the seriousness of the issue. As stated earlier, a food fight is indeed something to be taken seriously; maybe not the fight itself, but rather the consequences. The principal was performing his duties just fine, he was stressing the importance in the safety of his students. To be so upset about an attempt to prevent the suffering of another child as a consequence to the silly, immature, and impulsive actions of another child seems irrational; for in the end, that is just what the letter was. Again, it is a matter of perspective, whether or not the word choice was offensive. However, the underlying meaning remains the same; the principal was encouraging parents to speak to their child about the serious consequences of their actions.
Karen Goff June 01, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Shutting the comments for this story down now. Thanks for playing and come back soon.


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