A fight that injured three students Tuesday at LEAD College Prep Academy in Gary started because of glue.
During an afternoon class, two girls, ages 15 and 16, started arguing after the older student discovered glue on her shirt and apparently accused the younger one of putting it there.
As the argument escalated, the teacher ordered the 16-year-old girl to leave the room, but she returned and resumed the verbal dispute, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Once again the girl was sent out of the classroom but returned again, despite efforts by a security guard to keep her separated from the rest of the class.
The younger girl had scissors in her hand as the older girl started punching her in the face, King said. "Both were swinging," she reported.
The girls were separated again, but the younger girl did not put the scissors down until the principal arrived.
A 15-year-old boy who tried to break up the fight was cut on his arm. The younger girl had minor injuries and the older girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of cuts on her face, ear and body, police said.
The charter school is located at 601 N. Montgomery St. in the Miller neighborhood.
Juvenile Division Detective Cpl. Darrian Donald is investigating the incident.