Failure To Report On Race...Again
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You know what would be a really useful thing to know in this story of interracial violence at a Lancaster, California school? The races of the students involved. Since this story is about nothing but race, it seems to be the first thing you'd ask. According to, the school is 47% Hispanic or Latino, 29% African American, not Hispanic and 19% White, not Hispanic.

LA Daily News - Lancaster school hikes security after racially-charged fight BY KAREN MAESHIRO, Staff Writer Article Last Updated: 09/22/2007 01:00:54 AM PDT

LANCASTER - Security has been beefed up at Cole Middle School after a racially motivated fight that injured two teachers who tried to break it up, officials said Friday.

Three students were arrested, one on suspicion of assault and battery on a school official and the two others for fighting on campus, following the Thursday morning dust-up. They also were suspended from school, pending expulsion hearings.

A handful of other students who watched the fight and egged on the participants received five-day suspensions, officials said.

The incident started as an argument between between two eighth-grade boys and escalated into violence when one of them uttered a racial slur, said Roberto Villa, superintendent of the Eastside Union School District. The third boy got involved to back up his friend.

A female teacher who tried to stop the fight was pushed down and kicked, Villa said. A second teacher was punched when he came to help.

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