Several fights broke out among a group of roughly 60 students from city schools on the campus of Baltimore Information Technology Academy Wednesday afternoon, according to an internal communication obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The melee, which stretched about a block from the school to the Alameda, prompted a "mass response" of at least 10 police patrol cars, and led to several of the students involved being maced and handcuffed, according to the document.

Baltimore Schools spokesman Michael Sarbanes said "a number of students" were detained for questioning after the incident.

"After dismissal today at Baltimore Information Technology Academy, several altercations broke out involving students at the school and students from another school," Sarbanes said in a statement. "The matter is under investigation and disciplinary action will be taken according to the City Schools Code of Conduct."

egreen@baltsun.com