Police were expected to attend a rematch basketball game between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica High Schools Tuesday night, after students were injured and vehicles were damaged during a violent brawl that was caught on camera following a game three weeks prior.
Increased security and lighting were also expected, and students’ parents were asked to attend Tuesday’s match between the highly ranked teams.
SAMO principal Eva Mayoral said she was willing to cancel all future games if students weren’t peaceful Tuesday.
Officials at both schools were working together to prepare for the match.
“We have worked closely with Santa Monica school officials and the Beverly Hills police department to make sure everything goes smoothly tomorrow and all the positive energies are focused on the game itself,” Gary Woods, the superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District, said in a statement.
The focus on Tuesday’s game comes three weeks after an unknown number of students fought in an off-campus parking lot following a Jan. 23 game at SAMO high.
“We got pushed and shoved and they were talking smack to us. I was trying to get out as fast as I could,” a student who asked not to be identified told KTLA. “While I was backing out, some kid hit out my tail lights, and as I was going forward some kid hit out my headlights.”
Shaky cellphone video captured the crowd running through the lot, and several students were said to have thrown punches and damaged vehicles.
“A kid told him that he didn’t like his face, and then he was punched in the face by that kid,” Jackson Prince, a student journalist at Beverly Hills high, said.
Officials were investigating if any involved students violated the district’s education code, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker told the Los Angeles Times.
Pinsker was not aware of any disciplinary actions taken in connection to the incident.
Tuesday’s three basketball games were scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Beverly Hills High School.