Emily Berg, Daily Press (Victorville, Cal.), February 8, 2005
School administrators estimated Monday that up to 100 students could face suspension for fighting in the gym bleachers at Silverado High School on Friday.
The fight between Hispanic and black students began as a school assembly ended. Students said one student threw a bottle into the crowd.
Students fell over one another due to the bleacher brawl and smaller fights erupted off campus after students were sent home.
The problem exists among about 3 percent of the school’s population of 3,400 students, said Principal Susan Levine.
The school has multiple programs to address racism, diversity and anger management. The programs include parent volunteers serving as extra patrols on campus and Levine speaking at local churches, seeking the community’s help.
In a similar incident in October, the school suspended about 75 students, Levine said.
The district ultimately expelled 32 students. The students must go through a district due-process hearing before expulsion. The district expelled those 32 students between October and December, said Patricia Johnson, the director of student services for the Victor Valley Union High School District.
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