ZEPHYRHILLS - More than a dozen Zephyrhills High School students are facing charges after massive brawls broke out on campus Tuesday.
According to the Pasco County school district, two fights involving a total of 14 students occurred around noon.
Cell phone videos of the incidents show the school resource deputy and staff struggling to break up the fight, with students and faculty, including the school's principal, on the ground at times.
"Let me be perfectly clear: behavior of this nature will not be tolerated in Pasco County Schools. Every student has the right to a safe and conducive learning environment, and we will take every necessary measure to ensure that this remains the case," Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning said in a statement.
In a news release, the district said, "the sheer number of students involved and the intensity of the situation made intervention challenging, as students continued to engage in the altercation despite efforts to de-escalate."