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Brawl at Carson High was not racially motivated, L.A. Unified says

March 7, 2012 |  9:15 pm

Fight at Carson High

Investigators have found no evidence that a student brawl at Carson High School was racially motivated, officials said Wednesday night.

Initial reports after the mid-morning fights Wednesday stated that the incidents involved Latino and African American students and were racially motivated.

As a result of three fights, seven students were arrested or suspended and four others were injured and taken to a hospital, the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement. Four students were treated by the school nurse and released.

"Descriptions of these fights as racially motivated have not been substantiated," said Steven Zipperman, chief of the school district's Police Department. "This campus has no current racial issues."

Principal Windy Warren said that the fight was "very unusual" for Carson High and that the campus has been "very peaceful this entire school year."


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Photo: Students with school district police at Carson High. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5