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VARINA, Va. -- Henrico Police officers used pepper spray after an officer was attacked during a fight Tuesday afternoon at Varina High School, Crime Insider sources indicated and Henrico Police later confirmed.

The fight broke out inside the school during lunch period.

"While attempting to break up the fight, additional students became involved, and one of the officers was attacked by several students," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Garrett said. "In an effort to defend themselves and restore order, officers deployed pepper spray which separated the combatants. Order was eventually restored, and anyone who was exposed to the pepper spray received treatment. While no arrests have been made, this incident remains under investigation and charges are anticipated. "

Varina High School was placed on lock down Tuesday afternoon following the fight.

"With the assistance of Henrico Police, the situation has calmed and our instructional day is continuing on schedule," Henrico Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks said. "The lockdown, however, remains in effect so that the school can support those students who need assistance."

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