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500 riot at Fontana High
San Bernadino Sun ^ | 10/14/2006 | Leonor Vivanco, Lori Consalvo and Wes Woods II,

Posted on 10/14/2006 5:08:18 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer

Bottles, rocks and fists flew during lunchtime Friday at Fontana High School. Students poured out of classrooms when they said a fire alarm rang around noon. They then saw what they described as a racial or gang-related riot erupting among about 500 students on the quad of the campus near Citrus Avenue.

Some flocked to the chaotic melee with their cell phones taking pictures and recording video while others fled to get out of the way. Helicopters circled over the school.

"There were fights everywhere - girls and guys," said Dalila Lizarraga, 16.

Campus police officers sprinted across four lanes of traffic on Citrus to the high school from the Fontana Unified School District offices when they got the call about a disturbance.

The fight initially started when one black student and one Latino student exchanged words, taunting each other during a pep rally on campus, said Fontana police Sgt. Doug Wagner. It then became physical.

"After the two students started fighting, additional students of the same races joined in," Wagner said. "At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

Wagner said he did not think the fight was gang-related.

More than 100 law-enforcement officers from different agencies, including the Fontana Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and members of the Fontana police SWAT team converged on the campus and pried students apart.

At least six students were arrested, Wagner said.

"Two of them were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, meaning rocks," he said. "And the rest of the charges were for resisting arrest."

Sophomore Abigail Orozco said the fight was the biggest one yet at the school.

"It's Friday the 13th, so maybe that's why," she said.

But students say fights are common on school grounds.

"It all started with blacks versus Mexicans, as always," said.

But this fight quickly escalated to a big brawl with about 500 of the campus' 4,100 students involved.

"I was nervous because I've never seen this before," Abigail said.

Samantha Dorgey, 16, said confrontations at the school lead to fights about once a week, but nothing of this size.

"At first, I thought, `Oh, it's another fight,' but then I saw the cops, and damn," she said.

It was the same reaction junior Roger Nelson had. He rushed over to the fight during lunch when it broke out.

"I thought it was just going to be another school fight. I didn't think it was going to escalate with helicopters flying over," he said.

Samantha said she was waiting for the bell to ring shortly before noon when she heard the fire alarm and went outside. She saw people running and yelling outside for about 20 minutes before being told to go back to class. After going back inside the classroom, her teacher dismissed the class, telling students to go home.

Half an hour after the fight started, the students were moved off campus in hopes that the riot would calm down.

Police blocked off streets around the high school to the north and south on Citrus from Randall Avenue to San Bernardino Avenue, Wagner said.

At one point a group of students took to the street on Citrus, running south toward armed police units.

Although the crowd was moved, the fight continued and smaller fights broke out in front of the school.

"I don't feel like we had complete control of the situation until about 1:30 p.m. - about an hour and a half after it started," Wagner said.

The riot became so serious that police officers fired bean bag rounds and released sting balls, which dispersed hundreds of rubber pellets into a crowd. Some students retaliated, throwing rocks and plastic and glass bottles at officers.

Student Jorge Caluillo said he tried to get out of the way of the fight.

"I didn't want to get arrested, so I left," he said.

Students who were involved are subject to expulsion pending an investigation, said Jane Smith, Fontana Unified School District superintendent.

"The good news is no one was hurt," she said.

The high school was put on lockdown - as were Citrus Elementary School and Truman Middle School - as a precaution in case students ran over to those campuses, she said.

Also, Friday's football game was canceled.

"It's really a very small number of kids who caused this kind of tension," Smith said.

Students called their parents to pick them up, and word spread quickly about the fight.

Rachel Munguia was at work when she got a call from a relative that something was happening at her daughter's high school. She immediately headed there.

"I thought something bad happened," she said as she picked up her daughter.

She arrived at the school and saw helicopters flying overhead and expected the worst - a school shooting.

"We've never seen that at the high school," she said about the helicopters.

She said the campus is unsafe, even pointing to the lack of metal detectors.

"It's not safe here at this school. You never know if they're carrying a gun," she said.

This weekend, administrators will work on putting together a plan for Monday when school will be in session, which will include greater security, Smith said.

"When Monday comes, we're going to be well-prepared," she said.

The group will discuss the incident, how it happened, their response and what to do in the future, she said.

Smith said she wants to bring in community leaders to help deal with student conflicts. Also, students who are inclined to start these fights should be placed in alternative programs and taken off campuses as large as Fontana High School, she said.

"Parents can be assured they can send their kids to school, and they will be safe," Smith said.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BY THE NUMBERS 500 | Approximate number of students involved in the Fontana High School riot

6 | Number of students arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest

4,100 | Number of students attending Fontana High

0 | Number of people with serious injuries

100+ | Number of law-enforcement officers who responded to the school

7 | Minimum number of law-enforcement agencies that responded

8 | Number of campus police officers in the first unit to arrive on scene

12:03 p.m. | Time Fontana police were called

1:30 p.m. | Time police said everything was under control

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RIOTS AND FIGHTS AT SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SCHOOLS FEBRUARY 2006

A.B. MILLER HIGH SCHOOL, FONTANA

About 30 students fight in the outdoor quad, punching each other and throwing bottles and food around the area. More than 20 students are detained for disturbing the peace and fighting, which started because of racial tensions between black and Latino students, witnesses said.

OCTOBER 2005

REDLANDS HIGH SCHOOL

A fight between two students, one Latino and one black, culminates in several students fighting with school officials. It ends after police use pepper spray on one student who struggled against them. Three students are suspended.

OCTOBER 2005

BLOOMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

Fights erupt and prompt a campus lockdown and the cancellation of the day's after-school activities.

SEPTEMBER 2005

PACIFIC HIGH SCHOOL,

SAN BERNARDINO

About a dozen students are arrested after brawls that police say stemmed from a dispute between an interracial couple.

DECEMBER 2004

WILMER AMINA CARTER

HIGH SCHOOL, RIALTO

Large fights erupt on two days. Hundreds of mostly Latino and black students charge at one another during lunch, and 57 students are treated for minor injuries. School is canceled for the rest of the week.

JANUARY 2003

SILVERADO HIGH SCHOOL, VICTORVILLE

About 20 Latino and black students hurl bottles and food at each other and attack sheriff's deputies before eight of the students are arrested and cited. Deputies use pepper spray to quell the outbreak, which started because of racial tension that had been brewing for weeks off campus.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BY THE NUMBERS 500 | Approximate number of students involved in the Fontana High School riot

6 | Number of students arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest

4,100 | Number of students attending Fontana High


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; anchorbabies; blacksvslatinos; bloods; crips; illegalimmigration; immigration; publikskoolz; raceriots; samoans
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The Southern Poverty Law center curriculum extolling the Zoot Suit Riots and the Black Panther movement has been offered in California public schools since the mid 1990s.

I just thought you'd like to know.

1 posted on 10/14/2006 5:08:19 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: hedgetrimmer

ATTICA!
ATTICA!
ATTICA!


2 posted on 10/14/2006 5:09:04 PM PDT by TomServo ("Uh, Donner, party of three please.")
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To: TomServo

Rising Anger Meme, are people getting angrier over the economy?

http://www.realmeme.com/roller/page/realmeme?entry=anger_meme_revisited


3 posted on 10/14/2006 5:11:50 PM PDT by shimbo
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To: hedgetrimmer

"My baby ain't never hurt nobody."


4 posted on 10/14/2006 5:12:38 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: hedgetrimmer

What a ghastly place for kids to grow up....


5 posted on 10/14/2006 5:16:02 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: hedgetrimmer

"At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

You can't make up stuff like this, reality is much too Bizarre.


7 posted on 10/14/2006 5:22:17 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: r9etb
What a ghastly place for kids to grow up....

Build a fence between California and America.

8 posted on 10/14/2006 5:25:15 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Everyone keep clam!)
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To: r9etb


Quote

"We don't know if it was gang related or if it was racially motivated."
--Fontana Police Sgt. Doug Wagner

How about both?
9 posted on 10/14/2006 5:29:27 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: ASA Vet

Now.. that.. is a great idea!!


10 posted on 10/14/2006 5:30:14 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (Satan has a new name and it is Islam)
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To: hedgetrimmer

I was really impressed by the quote that things really started rolling once the Samoans showed up....


11 posted on 10/14/2006 5:30:15 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: hedgetrimmer

My husband went to this school in the 80's. I remember when we moved back to Fontana from the east coast in 1996. He said it had changed drastically from all the illegal aliens and the crackdowns on the gangs in LA.

We moved back to the east coast in 1997. =P


12 posted on 10/14/2006 5:32:24 PM PDT by kuma
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To: tet68

"Schools are the safest place to be. During this fight there were no weapons like a knife or a gun used. Only rocks and bottles."

- Sgt. Doug Wagner, Fontana Police Department

"Parents can be assured they can send their kids to school and they will be safe."

- Jane Smith, Fontana Unified School District superintendent


"There are really no racial problems at Fontana High School. This fight just happened to be between a black student and a Hispanic student."

- Sgt. Doug Wagner, Fontana Police Department


"A teacher was shot, yeah. But not with a bullet. She's fine. She happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time."

- Jane Smith, superintendent for Fontana Unified School District, regarding a teacher being shot in the back with a pellet gun

http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4491723


13 posted on 10/14/2006 5:33:09 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: hedgetrimmer
It's Friday the 13th, so maybe that's why," she said.

ROFLLL!!!!

A future liberal politician in the making!

It was the date that caused it...no one is to blame.....

WOW! GOD BLESS PUBLIC EDUCATION!

14 posted on 10/14/2006 5:33:19 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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To: Baynative

Unfortunately, you're probably correct.


15 posted on 10/14/2006 5:37:32 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: shimbo

Bar the Ganbangers from School and let them
De-evolve into the Animals they are. let those who want to Learn learn, and let the rest ROT.
To Hell with them.

Abandon them. They are a millstone around Good peoples necks...
you can Thank Gutless liberal democrat Administrators
For cowtowing to these Thugs.

Vote republican it is your only Hope....


16 posted on 10/14/2006 5:39:40 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I'm taking a crazy, wild guess, that it was probably not a good day to be honky "up in that" school...


17 posted on 10/14/2006 5:41:27 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle ("Better put some ice on that")
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To: hedgetrimmer

Welcome to the past... and our future.


18 posted on 10/14/2006 5:42:21 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: hedgetrimmer
Blacks vs. Hispanics? Pfft. Ain't no thang.

But when the Samoans get involved? Man, it is on.

}:-)4

19 posted on 10/14/2006 5:45:03 PM PDT by Moose4 (They caught me white and nerdy.)
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"Our strength lies in our diversity" : mindless and inaccurate PC mantra.


20 posted on 10/14/2006 5:45:49 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: tet68

Never bring a Mexican to a Samoan fight...


21 posted on 10/14/2006 5:50:53 PM PDT by Risha
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To: LtKerst
Bar the Ganbangers from School

They are supposed to be. But this can only be happening because America is weak, and we are allowing our children to be used as fodder for the globalist multicultural Juggernaut.
22 posted on 10/14/2006 5:50:54 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Baynative

Our strength is our diversity. That is the crap we have been fed for a couple generations.


23 posted on 10/14/2006 5:53:03 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

Fontana is 23.9% white. Any day is a bad day for a honky to be in that school.


24 posted on 10/14/2006 6:02:05 PM PDT by Between the Lines (Be careful how you live your life, it may be the only gospel anyone reads.)
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To: hedgetrimmer

So true! What an complete and utter hell hole. Is this what we can expect from the upcoming generations? Reminds me of the 10 year old girl on YOUTUBE that the FBI investigated because of her kill Bush rant. These kids and their liberal(mentors/parents) are unhinged.


25 posted on 10/14/2006 6:05:39 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: hedgetrimmer

Those fightin' Samoans!!!


26 posted on 10/14/2006 6:09:11 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: r9etb

I grew up in the San Bernardino valley in the 60s and 70s. My high school, San G, had several riots each year I was there, usually between the Mexicans and the blacks. That's what forced busing get you, I guess.


27 posted on 10/14/2006 6:12:17 PM PDT by IrishRainy (The only way BJ Clinton would have nailed bin Laden is if Ossama had been a White House intern.)
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To: hedgetrimmer

"At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

That's it, then.

I know it's a horrible thing, and all. But some things are just funny even though horrible.


28 posted on 10/14/2006 6:16:30 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: TomServo

Damn! That's what I was thinking. It sounded more like a prison riot than a school fight.


29 posted on 10/14/2006 6:17:41 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother

Now here's a story for you guys.


30 posted on 10/14/2006 6:21:11 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: hedgetrimmer

"4,100 | Number of students attending Fontana High "

Ideally a school should be a size where the principal knows every student and can keep an eye on the troublemakers.


31 posted on 10/14/2006 6:29:04 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: tet68

"At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

On whose side were the Samoans?


32 posted on 10/14/2006 7:08:33 PM PDT by rogator
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To: rogator

On whose side were the Samoans?

The winning side of course.


33 posted on 10/14/2006 7:15:59 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: hedgetrimmer

Future Democrat voters.


34 posted on 10/14/2006 7:16:26 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Tired of Taxes

Ping.


35 posted on 10/14/2006 7:18:17 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: hedgetrimmer
Remember Diversity is Our Strength ...
36 posted on 10/14/2006 7:18:38 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: kaehurowing

"The winning side of course."

I believe that.
I have known a few Samoans.

Which side won?
(I know. The side with the Samoans.)


37 posted on 10/14/2006 7:19:07 PM PDT by rogator
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To: r9etb
"At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

I was really impressed by the quote that things really started rolling once the Samoans showed up....

Those Samoan boys love to fight... sounds like a good lead for an Army recruiter.

38 posted on 10/14/2006 7:19:52 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: tgslTakoma

"It sounded more like a prison riot than a school fight."

Prison? Government school in southern california? Is there really a difference?


39 posted on 10/14/2006 7:20:29 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: hedgetrimmer
The only word I can think of is, "sheesh."

5.56mm

40 posted on 10/14/2006 7:21:18 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: eeevil conservative


BUMP!
Perfectly stated!


41 posted on 10/14/2006 7:21:50 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: hedgetrimmer
"At one point, a Samoan group joined in the fight, and that is when it got out of control."

When them Samoans get goin', all hell breaks loose.

That sentence could have been lifted line for line from the Onion.

42 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:02 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The hallmark of a crackpot conspiracy theory is that it expands to include countervailing evidence.)
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To: rogator
Which side won?

(I know. The side with the Samoans.)

Don't get into a fist fight with a Samoan, because if you win, you will have to fight his friends. And if you do, and you beat a few of them, you're in the club and they all love you like a brother...

43 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:23 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: hedgetrimmer
The fight initially started when one black student and one Latino student exchanged words,

Just starting high school riots that caucasion Americans won't.

44 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:43 PM PDT by Ignatz (Click your mouse three times and repeat, "There's no place like 127.0.0.1")
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To: M Kehoe

Stop that rowdedow.


45 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:44 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: hedgetrimmer
"It's Friday the 13th, so maybe that's why," she said.

...or maybe they're a bunch of goons.

The riot became so serious that police officers fired bean bag rounds and released sting balls, which dispersed hundreds of rubber pellets into a crowd. Some students retaliated, throwing rocks and plastic and glass bottles at officers.

....ah, the future nation of Aztlan....

Also, students who are inclined to start these fights should be placed in alternative programs

...what's it called; oh yeah, prison.

46 posted on 10/14/2006 7:26:22 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: hedgetrimmer

If they don't mention a race it's for a good reason - because the race is involved.
Damn the left!


47 posted on 10/14/2006 7:26:58 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Leftist policies don't work. They hurt those they pretend to help.)
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To: hedgetrimmer
I shouldn't be laughing, but the Samoan thing is absolutely hysterical.
48 posted on 10/14/2006 7:28:52 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Poser
but the Samoan thing is absolutely hysterical.

I was wondering about that one myself.

49 posted on 10/14/2006 7:30:18 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: He Rides A White Horse; hedgetrimmer; r9etb; Baynative; tet68

Video at link: http://cbs2.com/video/?cid=71

You may need to search a little bit -- title is "Racially fueled rioting rocks Fontana High

Listen to what these kids are saying!

It is predicatble but shocking nonthelss.


50 posted on 10/14/2006 7:30:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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