NEWARK - Dozens of students walked out of Berringer High School in Newark yesterday protesting unsafe and unsanitary conditions, as well as other problems.

One student, Claudia Cuhna, helped organize the walkout. She says the lack of leadership from the principal, the rodent issue and violence spurred her actions.

"Guys are jumping guys and in some cases, girls are jumping girls," she says. "It's chaos in this school."

English teacher Larry Kindy says the change in principals has led to a lack in scheduling and faulty leadership.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to Newark school officials to confirm a published report that Berringer's new school principal is out on sick leave, but they have yet to respond.