By Kelsey Cochran
McDONOUGH — Henry County school officials said nine high school students will face criminal charges following a cafeteria food fight.
Ola High School Principal Ross Iddings did not answer a request for comment on the incident, but school Communications Specialist J.B. Hardin said administrators warned students about the consequences of a food fight. An announcement was made after faculty members heard the incident was being planned in advance.
“So it should not come as a shock that they’re facing these consequences,” he said Monday. “They were warned.”
One of the students allegedly involved appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday.
Whitney Lee Camp, 18, of Old Jackson Road in Locust Grove was arrested after the incident. She was originally charged with inciting a riot but the charge was dismissed. Camp still faces charges of disrupting a public school, obstructing an officer and felony possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.
The drug charge, police said, came after officers found a small amount of marijuana in her car. She has since been released on bond.
The investigation is ongoing, Hardin said, and school officials and police are reviewing security footage from the cafeteria to identify the students involved.
In addition to criminal charges the students face hefty academic consequences that could range from detention to suspension, Hardin said.
The food fight, which occurred in the first lunch period of the day, only slightly disrupted the remainder of the day.
“I don’t think anyone was made to clean it up, but it altered the lunch schedule for the rest of the day,” Hardin said.
The students will all be required to appear at an upcoming school disciplinary hearing.