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3 students arrested in racially motivated brawl at Carson High

At least 30 Carson High School students were involved in a racially motivated brawl Wednesday that left two students hospitalized, three others arrested for assault and the campus on a modified lockdown, authorities said.

The melee, which involved multiple fights between as many as 30 black and Latino students, took place shortly after 8 a.m. in the quad area of the school, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials.

The fight did not involve weapons, although at least two students were injured when they were kicked and punched. Two injured students were taken to hospitals but their conditions were not immediately available.

At least three students were arrested on suspicion of assault that included kicking victims. Five others were cited for fighting.

The school was placed on a modified lockdown, meaning students can have lunch in their classrooms and take bathroom breaks but were prohibited from moving around campus amid the investigation by the Los Angeles Unified school police.

Although authorities believe the fighting was racially motivated, school officials could not say specifically what sparked the fight or how long tensions at the school had been building.

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--Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)

 
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