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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 12:50 pm 
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Race riots have been breaking out throughout Southern California high schools. Any ideas on how to reduce the violence between blacks and hispanics? City officials believe an increased police presence will do the job. What do you think?


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IMHO, they are typical reactions of young people who are seeing their adult counterparts and would-be role models supporting a "you're either with us or against us" type of mindset. If they don't like someone or they disagree with him, her, or them, they immediately become physically violent.

"I'm gonna get you before you get me."

It's the AMERICAN WAY anymore. :cry:


Will an increased police presence help? Temporarily at best, but it will certainly give the government more of an excuse to POLICE another aspect of our daily lives.

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Rarely tallked about is the source. Prison gangs. If you know whats going on behind the concrete walls, then it becomes less of a mystery.


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Dozens of students involved in fights at two L.A. high schools


ASSOCIATED PRESS

12:15 a.m. May 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Police detained more than a dozen students after separate brawls broke out at two high schools, the latest in a string of school fights on Los Angeles campuses that appear to be racially motivated.
More than 20 students were caught up in a fight at Jefferson High School on Thursday, and campus police detained about 15 of them, according to Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Hilda Ramirez. There were no serious injuries, although two girls were treated at hospitals for hyperventilation, she said.

Police and district officials were investigating what sparked the fight, which came a day before the school had planned a dialogue to discuss recent violence. Racial and gang-motivated brawls broke out at the campus twice in April.

Jefferson students were dismissed early at staggered times Thursday and would be sent home early again Friday, Ramirez said.

At Los Angeles High School, two separate fights with several hundred onlookers escalated into "a brawl of some kind" in the afternoon, district spokeswoman Susan Cox said. The campus was briefly locked down and two students were detained. No serious injuries were reported.

"I'm told there were some racial overtones" to the violence, Cox said.

Students at Jefferson High said the brawl started with a fight between a black and a Hispanic student, which provoked other fights. Parents who flocked to the school reacted with concern and anger – and some threatened to pull their children out of class.

"I'm not prejudiced. I'm not racist. We all bleed the same color blood," Lilly Ficklin told KCAL-TV. "But my child is outnumbered. This is his last day here."

Police urged calm and said such fights often start with students provoking each other with hand signs or verbal insults.

"That goes to the core of what starts this. And it's not just here at this corner, but all over this community and probably across the nation," said Los Angeles School Police Chief Alan Kerstein.

"Everybody has got to learn diversity, has got to learn tolerance, has got to learn patience with each other."









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Villaraigosa targets school violence after rash of student brawls


By Jeremiah Marquez
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12:11 a.m. May 28, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa appeared at an inner-city high school after yet another student brawl and promised to make wiping out racial violence in the nation's second-largest school district a top priority.
The visit to Jefferson High School on Friday was a chance for Villaraigosa to focus on two campaign pledges: fixing the city's failing schools and bridging racial divides. Villaraigosa united black and Hispanic voters last week to become the city's first Latino mayor in a century.

"There's going to be a zero tolerance for this kind of racial violence," Villaraigosa said after meeting with students, teachers, school officials and community leaders. "We need to get control of the situation."

The mayor-elect, who takes office July 1, acknowledged that he will have no direct control over the city's public schools.

He said, however, that he plans to have city officials improve after-school and weekend programs at a nearby park, send crisis counselors to Jefferson and work with police to clean up the gang-scarred area surrounding the South Los Angeles campus.

Thursday's melee, which involved several dozen black and Hispanic teens, was the third racially motivated brawl on campus in six weeks. There were no major injuries, though 22 students were suspended, officials said.

School police used pepper spray and batons to quell the fight.

To boost security, authorities said they would increase the number of school police officers assigned to the campus from two to five and expand area patrols to ensure students were safe traveling to and from campus.

Officials are investigating what sparked the fights at Jefferson and elsewhere, including two scuffles at Los Angeles High School, but they said it was likely that off-campus gang activity and other problems were spilling into the classroom.
Race could also be a factor in a district where 73 percent of the 746,000 students are Latino, 13 percent are black and the remainder are Asian, white or other ethnicity. At Grant High School in the San Fernando Valley, fights broke out between Hispanic and Armenian students earlier this year.

"All of these have racial overtones," said school Police Chief Alan Kerstein, who added that school unrest seemed to be on the rise in recent years.

In the last academic year, 141 students were expelled for reasons related to on-campus assaults and violence, up from 40 during the 2000-2001 school year, according to school data.

"We're not going to tolerate it," Kerstein said. "If you're fighting, this isn't the school for you. If we run out schools, this isn't the district for you."

At Jefferson, parents and students said they were skittish about returning to campus.

Travon Taylor, 15, said he wants to transfer schools after several students tried to punch him in Thursday's clash.

"Everybody says don't be around trouble," he said, "but trouble came to me."









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I once read a true crime book in which the perps were teenagers from wealthy homes who graduated from petty, "I dare you" shoplifting to murdering one of their own gang members. The mother of one of the perps tearfully described her son as having gotten in with the "wrong crowd."

One member of the prosecution saw her son differently. He said her son "WAS the wrong crowd."

Maybe this is similar to what's happening at these schools where the riots are occuring.

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