A school resource officer used pepper spray to break up a fight at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Monday morning, according to police and the school’s principal.

Two girls got into a fight at the baseball field during gym class shortly before noon. Two staff members were unable to break up the fight.

“All four became entangled and fell to the ground,” Principal Rosalind Henderson told parents in a phone call.

The school resource officer used pepper spray to end the fight. The officer didn’t give a verbal warning prior to deploying it, Roanoke police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said.

No serious injuries were reported, Cline said. Fire-EMS personnel treated a student and the officer. A teacher and the other student were treated at the nurses’ station.

“We are not going to tolerate this behavior at Woodrow Wilson Middle School,” Henderson said. “I want to assure you this is being handled swiftly and appropriately.”

No charges have been filed.

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Amy Friedenberger is the politics reporter for The Roanoke Times. She's been a reporter here since 2014. Previously, she worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter at @ajfriedenberger.

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