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Video: High School Athletes in Conflict Resolution 'Fight Club'

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A troubling video circulating has parents at Victorville's Victor Valley High School upset that the coaches may be encouraging student athletes to engage in "fight club" style brawls to resolve conflicts.

A cellphone camera captured a fight inside the varsity boys' changing room, and shows two student baseball players duking it out with boxing gloves, but no protective gear and with no supervision. That footage was sent to CBS2, who followed up with the school.

However, no one from the school would speak on camera to the TV news station, though Principal Chris Douglass did tell CBS2 "students told him the brawl happened on one day, when JV players were messing around." Douglass "also insisted coaches were never involved in any of the fights," reports the station.

The person who submitted the video says they are a parent of a student at another school. That parent said the coaches endorse the fighting, and that it is "a way for players to resolve their differences." Allegedly, the "last boy standing" is declared the winner.

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The school district is reportedly investigating the incident.