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Video: 40 Student Fight Breaks Out At Sylmar High School

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A massive fight involving at least forty students broke out at Sylmar High School Monday during lunch on the school's campus, according to KNBC.

Students captured cellphone video of the event, revealing pandemonium in the school's yard as L.A. School Police and teachers alike attempted to break up the scuffling students. It took twelve officers to control the skirmish, though they were only able to do so after about students fought for about 20 minutes, reports the L.A. Times.

The school has not released any information on what caused the fight. However, KNBC reports that some students may have attacked others as retaliation for an incident that occurred when a student was hit in the head with a bottle at a prom afterparty over the weekend.

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Nobody was seriously injured. Though students were 'bloodied' and 'bruised,' nobody was hospitalized and everybody went home at the end of the school day.

The school's principal James Lee issued a statement to parents that explained the situation briefly, and said bluntly that "disciplinary actions have been taken, their parents have been contacted and the investigation continues." We don't, however, know what those actions are.

"Sylmar is usually really calm," said one student to KTLA. "We don't really have fights here."

As a precaution, school officials elected to dispatch more school police officers to the school's campus on Tuesday.

Here's another video from the brawl (with some cursing):

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