Riots Break Out Between Black, Latino Students at Victorville School

CBS Los Angeles, September 28, 2012

Students at a high school in Victorville said violent fights have been breaking out between African-Americans and Latinos for the past two days.

Rafael Muñoz said a group of people started the fights at Silverado High on Wednesday, which have poured out into the streets.

“One person started fighting, then the other would jump in. And continuously jump in and (it) ended up to be mob fighting. (I) got pepper sprayed by the security,” he said.

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Monica Rodriguez, who asked the school for extra security and complained to police, said the riots are a recurring problem.

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Linda Rodriguez, 60, said she was punched in the face when she tried to break up a fight.

“I come out and my grandson, his mouth is bleeding.  My granddaughter… she wears glasses and she has a cut right here and a bump where they hit her,” she said.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department deployed cruisers and a helicopter on Thursday to assist with the disturbance on campus.

[Editor’s Note: More on the incident requiring a police helicopter can be found here.]

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