Several brawls broke out Friday morning in the courtyard at Palm Beach Lakes High School, leading Palm Beach County school police to use pepper spray and take two women into custody, according to an arrest report.
“The whole courtyard was in chaos,” the officer wrote of the 7:20 a.m. incident — just before the first-period bell — that led to the arrests of Aneshia Williams, 25, and Amber Williams, 19, both of Riviera Beach. They face charges of trespassing on school grounds, disrupting school function, affray and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
About 2,500 students were gathered in the school’s courtyard off Shiloh Drive. The principal, David Alfonso, told officers the women were not students and that they refused to leave.
According to the arrest report, Aneshia Williams said she was at the school to pick up her sister, who she said is a Palm Beach Lakes student.
The officer informed her that she had to go through the main office to remove any student from school. While the officer escorted her there, a fight broke out between two women, the report said.
Williams then tried to join the fight, saying, “Let me go, let me go, no one is going to beat up on my sister,” the report said.
Police said Amber Williams then began punching another group of students.
The officer said that several female students then ran toward him and Aneshia Williams, so he shot a burst of pepper spray at them.
Several more fights broke out and Alfonso and another staff member fell to the ground in an attempt to separate students, the report said.
Aneshia and Amber Williams were booked into the county jail Friday and released later that day on their own recognizance, according to online jail records.