Nicholas Shields, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 15
Three Jefferson High School students suffered minor injuries Thursday in a lunchtime brawl involving more than 100 Latinos and blacks, authorities said.
The melee erupted in and around the cafeteria about 1 p.m. when a male Latino student threw something at two black females who were fighting.
“I’m disappointed,” said Norm Morrow, principal of the East 41st Street school. “It tells me there are some deep-seated feelings out there that we’ve got to address.”
Following the incident, the school’s 2,400 students were escorted to their classrooms and, after a brief lockdown, were released an hour early. Police Chief William J. Bratton went to the school to talk with officials and reporters about the incident.