Sheriff's Break Up Fight At San Lorenzo High

School officials say several girls who had been friends came to blows. Why isn't yet known.


Sheriff's deputies broke up a fight at San Lorenzo High School Monday morning.

School officials downplayed the incident as involving a small number of girls who had been friends but, for reasons as yet unknown, came to blows.

"We're doing an investigation to determine why these friendships went bad and why they did this at school," said Dr. Melanie Spears, directory of secondary education for the San Lorenzo School District.

A note posted on Facebook and Twitter Monday called the incident a "riot" between black and Latino girls.

But Spears said only a few girls were involved. And while some were black and at least one was a Latina, it is not clear that race or ethnicity had anything to do with the altercation, she said.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the incident involved several individual fights, and that no one was hurt or arrested.

A California Highway Patrol spokesman said CHP officers were initially called to help break up the fights.

But while they were still enroute, the sheriff's deputies brought the situation under control and so the CHP officers turned back before reaching the school, the spokesman said.

Spears said parents are picking up the students involved. Disciplinary action will be decided later.

She said the fight came as an unpleasant surprise to district officials who had seen a welcome decline in disciplinary incidents.

Rob Raistlin September 11, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Fred, I'm usually on your side and even i have to say chill out dude. you got the same 10 pissed off answers you pick from to answer back to these liberals. all you do is change the name of the person you talk to. These are just kids fighting over boyfriends or something. copying the usual crap thats on TV. It's all the crap the liberal media is trying to brainwash kids with these days. Have you seen what they pass off on TV and call entertainment? look at the kardashins or the teen mom crap. no wonder the occupy crowd expects to get rich doing nothing. Chill out or come up with different answers.
Fred Eiger September 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Jew? I guess they didn't check Mervin Morris when he opened his store in 1946. Catholic? I guess St. John's on Lewelling was never there. Mormon? I guess that Mormon Church on Grant Avenue just appeared with the tablets that John Smith found. Japanese? I guess all those Japanese nurseries were owned by Santa's Elves. Thomas Clarke, you just mouth off stupidity to grab attention.
Fred Eiger September 11, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Sorry Rob.
William Bossley September 11, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Jaimie DeWitt September 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Although I do not teach in San Lorenzo school district, I have colleagues that do. The general theme heard from these educators is that many students are not San Lorenzo (or unincorporated Hayward) residents, so student pride and respect for the SLZ community and schools are lacking, resources are beyond stretched (which is not uncommon) but with behavior issues makes it difficult to have enough adult bodies on campus to maintain safety, and transparency of administrative and district level employees is poor (which might explain the different accounts of this story reported in this article). I agree, times have seriously changed, even from as little as 10 years ago, however, instead of play the blame game (which I partly did in my last paragraph, I will admit it), we should as individuals take the time and ask what we can do. Volunteer to be a mentor. I know we are all so busy with our lives, but when one of these kids fighting takes it to the next level and pulls out a gun and begins shooting and you or someone you love is caught in the crossfire, then maybe it will be more real to you.


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