Officials: LA School Brawl Not Racially Motivated

By Salon Staff

Published March 8, 2012 3:54AM (EST)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles school officials say a brawl involving black and Latino students at a high school wasn't racially motivated, contrary to initial reports from authorities.

The Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement that despite earlier reports, investigators couldn't substantiate that the Wednesday melee at Carson High School was brought on by racial conflict.

Schools police Chief Steven Zimmerman says the ethnically diverse campus of more than 3,000 students "has no current racial issues."

Officials say at least 30 students traded kicks and punches in a quad during a morning snack break before school police and sheriff's deputies intervened.

Principal Windy Warren says eight students were injured, four of them taken to a hospital and the rest treated on campus. She says seven students were arrested or suspended.

Salon Staff

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