Thursday, January 18, 2007

School rally ends in a racial brawl between blacks and Latinos

Megan Blaney:

Ten students have been disciplined for brawling at San Bernardino High School on Tuesday, and that number could climb to as many as 40 or 50 students as the investigation continues, school officials said.

A fight broke out during a pep rally Tuesday morning when a Latino student threw a bottle at a black student, and it ended with campus and school-district law enforcement firing pepper-ball guns to subdue the brawlers, said Linda Hill, director of communications for San Bernardino City Unified School District.

"Luckily, school administrators were on hand and able to quickly defuse the situation," Hill said.

She said school officials are investigating and more disciplinary actions, including suspensions, may be on the way.

Freshman Tynaja Manning walked out of the school around lunchtime with her mother, Tami Johnson. Manning was suspended for four days for fighting with another girl.

"This racial stuff has got to stop," Johnson said, walking to her car. "I get worried about her here."

Latino students make up more than 70 percent of the student body at the school, and some black students expressed the feeling of being outnumbered.

Darnic Comer Sr. said he didn't want his son to attend the school anymore.
"I'm pulling him out," he said about his namesake, who is in 10th grade. "This is why I took him out of Pacific (High School), too."

Ten more students suspended

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