Nine Ponchatoula High School students and seven Loranger High students were removed from their schools after small fights broke out Wednesday afternoon. School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the fight at PHS happened around lunchtime, while the fight at LHS happened at dismissal as students were boarding buses. Stilley said they think social media is fueling the fights. This brings the total number of students removed from Tangipahoa Parish public high schools for fighting to just over 40 in the last 24 hours. Earlier in the day, Stilley reported that 26 Independence High students were removed from campus for fighting on Tuesday and six more were removed after another fight broke out Wednesday morning. Stilley added that the system must to take a strong stance against students who choose to disrupt the learning environment and cause potential risk to the students and employees at the school. In each of these cases, law enforcement responded to the schools. Stilley offered thanks to local police officers and sheriff’s deputies who partner with the schools to keep campuses safe.