Police Presence Increased Following Caught-on-Video Brawl at Sylmar High School

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Additional school police were on campus Tuesday after dozens of students were involved in a caught-on-video lunchtime brawl at Sylmar High School the day before.

The fight took place around lunchtime Monday and was captured on cellphone video.

The video showed dozens of students punching and kicking each other.

An armed officer, with his gun still in his holster, could be seen trying to break up one of the fights as the brawl escalated.

A student at the school said the fight may be tied to an incident that occurred over the weekend.

“Some kid at the prom got beat up for some reason and I guess he wanted revenge,” the student said, but followed up by saying that fight was connected to an after party and not at the prom.

While some of those involved in Monday’s brawl were seen with cuts and bruises, there were no reports of anyone being hospitalized.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King issued a statement regarding Monday’s incident.

“… We want to reassure parents that the safety of all students and staff remains our top priority. Today, additional school police have been deployed to the school, along with extra administrative and support staff …. On a personal note, I want to express my concern about any student who was injured. I wish them a speedy recovery,” part of the statement read.

Law enforcement was continuing to investigate the brawl and “appropriate disciplinary action is being taken,” King wrote in the statement.

Sylmar High School’s principal, James Lee, said the students involved are being punished and their parents were notified, but he did not elaborate.

There were no reports of students being taken to the hospital, but parents are still outraged by what happened here.

“It’s put the students, the parents, the administration, everybody in danger and there was no plan for that danger,” said Gwendolyn Posey-Murray, a parent of a student at the school.

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