HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — Extra security was provided at Hawthorne High School on Thursday after a fight between students that resulted in three arrests.
According to the Hawthorne Police Department, the violent brawl — which was captured on video and shared over social media — took place around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday and involved multiple groups of students.
The video shows kids punching and shoving each other while others are heard screaming.
A police officer and school employee were assaulted when officials attempted to stop the fights. They did not need treatment from paramedics.
One student was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Parents said they believe the fight was racially motivated.
On Wednesday, school officials met with parents during an hour-long meeting. The discussion became heated at times as parents disagreed over how the issue should be addressed.
Overall, parents argued that not enough is being done to protect their children while they attend classes, and that there is a need for increased security for the rest of the year.
Counselors were on campus Thursday to assist students.
Parents are expected to attend a second meeting that will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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