Palo Alto High School students held a protest this morning following the reported suspension of several students for participating in an egg fight -- possibly including dangerous frozen eggs -- between Paly students on the Gunn High School campus Tuesday night.
The egg fight between juniors and seniors, an unofficial tradition of the Paly's "Spirit Week," normally takes place in a eucalyptus grove on the Stanford campus near El Camino. Students changed the venue to an area at the edge of the Gunn campus after encountering police stationed at Stanford.
Some 100 to 200 students were involved in the egg fight, the Paly Voice reported.
"It is not a harmless tradition," Paly Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson told the Voice.
"Someone was grilled in the eye. If it was a direct hit they could be blinded. The eye is right next to the temple; they could be hit in the temple and killed.
"Rumor has it there were frozen eggs. Using frozen eggs is a whole different level," he said.
"Someone had a busted lip. Someone had a swollen eye. It was not just throwing eggs."
Administrators said they were still investigating the incident, partly through receipts of egg purchases found amid the egg goo at Gunn.
Threatening to cancel remaining activities of Spirit Week, Paly authorities called for participating students to come forward before they are contacted and disciplined.
Students and some parents complained the discipline was heavy-handed for an activity no more than a prank. Paly principal Jacqui McEvoy could not be reached for comment.