Brawl at Mpls South High School reportedly involves hundreds, lands students in hospital [UPDATE]

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South was locked down this afternoon after a food fight escalated into a massive brawl.
:::: UPDATE :::: South High brawl: Video captures student saying, "Somalis just be getting knocked out!"

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Today, a massive brawl at South High School in Minneapolis resulted in at least two students being transported to the hospital.

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According to South officials, the incident began as a food fight and escalated from there.

From the Star Tribune: "Emergency scanner communication indicates that numerous ambulances have responded to assist with injured students and staff members." KSTP reports a female student was carried out on a stretcher.

KARE, citing witnesses, reports that "hundreds" may have been involved.

South High has just published a statement about the fight. Here it is in its entirety:
South High School on February 14 was placed on a precautionary code yellow lockdown due to a food fight that escalated into a physical fight.

The incident took place during third period lunch. It began at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes. Staff members responded immediately to the incident and followed proper security procedures. The school resource officer and Minneapolis police responded to the matter.

Instruction continued as usual during the code yellow lockdown, but students remained in their classrooms during class periods. South will remain on a code yellow until further notice.

Maintaining a safe environment for our students is a top priority. Fighting is not tolerated at school or on school property. We are committed to following the MPS discipline policy in instances of fighting.

:::: UPDATES ::::

KSTP has somehow obtained raw video footage of the fight. Here it is:

The Star Tribune, citing a conversation with a student, reports that the conflict was "racial in nature."

For more updates, click to page two.

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