A Minneapolis high school that prides itself for being diverse may need to create better programs to make students from all cultures feel inclusive. The Minneapolis Police Department responded to a call at Minneapolis South High School on Thursday to break up a 200-300 student riot between the Somalian and African-American students.
What initially started as a playful food fight, erupted into a violent riot between African-American students and Somalian students. Although Sgt. William Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department, said no weapons were involved in the incident, four people were taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered from the altercation.
Even uniformed police officers were hit by flying objects as they rushed to break up the brawl, prompting them to use mace to get the crowd under control. Although media outlets are reporting the riot erupted solely between the African-Americans and Somalians, Abdi Sheikh, a student at the school, said he saw hundreds of students fighting in what appeared to be a racial incident. “A big riot,” he said. “It was all types of races.” Another student, Symone Glasker, said that an initial fight happened during the school’s first lunch period. By the time the third lunch period started, all the hype from the initial fight caused tensions to boil over. Glasker says the fights were over pride.
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