Two dozen police officers responded to a massive brawl between students at a Glendale high school Wednesday.
Cell phone video captured several students fighting around 1 p.m. at Herbert Hoover High School.
The video shows the chaos in the quad at the end of lunch as students appear to throw punches while others scramble.
Authorities haven’t said what sparked the fight, but students who KCAL9’s Rachel Kim spoke with off camera said it was a result of ongoing racial tensions between two groups.
The Glendale Unified School District said police were able to contain the brawl quickly.
No weapons were involved and there were no significant injuries, according to school officers.
Hoover High, Eleanor J. Toll Middle and Mark Keppel Elementary were placed on lockdown as a result of the fight.
Students were eventually released on a staggered schedule as a precaution.
Glendale police are still interviewing students to find out the cause of the fight and which students were involved.
A brawl between students at Hoover High School in Glendale on Wednesday resulted in the campus and two other nearby schools to be placed on lockdown and brought around two dozen police officers to the area.
The fight reportedly began around 1 p.m. near the Hoover’s upper-quad; authorities with the Glendale Unified School District said it’s unknown how many students were involved in the fracas. A video posted on social media showed the fight involved multiple students.
As of Friday, authorities said the cause of the incident was still being investigated. Kristine Nam, a Glendale Unified spokeswoman, said school officials will “take appropriate disciplinary measures, as needed.”
Nam also said district and Hoover officials are reviewing footage from the fight in addition to speaking to students and will have a meeting with parents at a later date.
Several students interviewed at the scene mentioned the fight was the result of simmering tensions between at least two different groups of students on campus.
Mary, a senior at Hoover who did not want her last name used, said the fight began between two students before it devolved into an all-out brawl.
“Little fights turned into big fights,” she said. “Everyone saw, and so everyone started throwing punches.”
The number of students involved in the fight was enough that officers from the Glendale Police Department were called in to stop it. The school, along with nearby Keppel Elementary and Toll Middle School, were placed on lockdown as a result.
Sports and after-school activities were also cancelled for the day, according to district officials.
Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the police department, said officers spent the afternoon interviewing students to determine who was involved and how the fight began.
Students at the high school were released on a staggered schedule, with classes being dismissed one at a time. The gradual release was done as a precautionary measure, according to Suttles.
“Imagine if we just let the kids out all at once with some tempers still flaring,” he said.