BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System speaks out about the large fight that happened at Capitol Middle School on Tuesday.

“A male and female student got into some kind of verbal altercation and that led into a fist fight between the two of them,” according to EBRPSS Director of Communication, Ben Lemoine.

The fight started with two students but escalated near the end of the first period. Lemoine explains the argument became physical between several students, with punches and kicks being thrown.

Meanwhile, the teacher instructs the students to stop, but he was unaware of what to do.

The brawl included up to five, seventh and eighth-grade students. The district says they are considered for expulsion. The alleged victim is a 7th grader, who received a severe scratch on his neck during the fight. Due to his role, the victim was suspended for two days, according to Lemoine.

The other students are now assigned to the Rosenwald Discipline Center until a hearing next week.

Many faculty and staff are disappointed about the young student’s brawl on the school’s campus.

“This is not good on any level”, Lemoine says. “The fact that kids would find a need to resort to this kind of violence is very concerning for us,” he added.

School leaders want to reassure parents that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

“We definitely want to assure parents and the community that this is very important to us, these are the kinds of things that just can not happen,” Lemoine concluded.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has launched an internal investigation into the matter. This is still an ongoing investigation at this time.