An Ector County Independent School District police officer tried to break up a fight at the cafeteria at Bowie Middle School during sixth-grade lunch and wound up pepper spraying the crowd around the fighters to break it up.
Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said the fight occurred about noon Friday. There were four boys fighting and a large crowd around them. When the campus officer moved in to break it up, the students would not let him through.
Adkins said the officer told the students several times that they needed to get out of the way and let him through, but they still would not, so he pepper sprayed over the top and the group dispersed.
Adkins said the students who were fighting will face disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
There are about 400 sixth-graders at Bowie and about 1,230 students attend the campus, Adkins said.