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Santa Monica High addresses safety issues after fight breaks out

Santa Monica High School officials said Tuesday that they were working to improve safety after a fight broke out on campus after a basketball game.

The game with Morningside High School on Friday night became heated after two Morningside coaches were ejected in the last minute of the close contest, which Santa Monica won, Principal Laurel Fretz said in an email to parents.

After the game ended, Fretz said, Morningside fans were directed to use one pathway and Santa Monica fans were told to use another.

"Morningside fans, both students and adults, disregarded the directives of our administrators and security officers and approached the Samohi fans," Fretz said.  "A fight between approximately 30 people lasted for two to three minutes. A few of our students, parents, and employees were punched, pushed, or kicked."

Officers in eight Santa Monica Police Department patrol cars responded and restored order, Fretz said. She did not say whether any injuries were reported or arrests made.

Fretz said school administrators were working with officials including police, the principal at Morningside High and officials with the California Interscholastic Federation "to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."


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