Police use pepper spray to break up large melee outside Wisconsin high school

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police used pepper spray to break up a large melee outside a Madison high school, sending five students to the hospital.

Authorities say someone pulled a fire alarm at Madison East High School Monday and dozens of students ran outside where fighting began. Interim Principal Mikki Smith said in a note to parents that as altercations escalated, police were called to the school.

District spokesman Tim LeMonds says once Madison firefighters cleared the school of any fire, most students returned to classes.

But, he says a number of students remained outside, and fights broke out between students in that group.

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