Prom dispute leads to massive fight between Black and Latino students

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A shocking fight at Sylmar High School in Los Angeles was caught on video and is making its rounds on social media. According to school officials, the fight involved at least 40 students and lasted about 20 minutes until order was restored. Multiple sources have stated that the reason for the brawl had something to do with an incident that occurred at a senior prom afterparty on Saturday.

At the afterparty, which occurred this past weekend, a student was hit in the head with a bottle. On Monday, some students decided to retaliate against those they deemed responsible. Media outlets have reported that the fight was manly between Latino and Black students. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the school yard brawl as L.A. School Police and teachers attempted to break up the fight. Principal James Lee stated to media, “This was an incident that just snowballed, and it had to do with a dispute with people outside of our school community. We are making every effort to keep things quiet and keep the campus safe. We are forming a task force to look into the causes to keep it from happening again.”

Lee sent an email to parents that stated several students were involved in a fight and that disciplinary action was taken. The LA Unified School District Superintendent Michele King issued the following statement, “As the head of the most diverse school district in the nation, let me be very clear: We will not tolerate targeting or violence of any kind on our campuses. Regarding the recent conflict at Sylmar High School, law enforcement is continuing to investigate. We want to reassure parents that the safety of all students and staff remains our top priority. Extra counselors and support staff have been assigned to the school, along with additional school police. On a personal note, I want to express my concern about any student who was injured. I wish them a speedy recovery. The bottom line is that all students are welcome at LA Unified schools.”

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