A massive brawl during the lunch break at a Los Angeles high school has had major implications on sports for the 2016 season, both now and in the fall.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Sylmar High Principal James Lee canceled all after-school sports practices for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year following a brutal brawl featuring 40 Sylmar students that unfolded during lunch at the school on Monday. Sylmar teams that are currently competing in playoffs were excepted from the ruling.
The forced cancelations effectively ended spring practices for Sylmar’s football team, with other squads also forced to forego their planned training.
There has been no confirmation that student athletes precipitated or were even involved in the brawl that was captured on cell phone video and quickly spread across social and traditional media. Police officers were needed on the scene to break up the farrago, with all students involved handed down punishment directly from Lee himself.
Now a form of punishment has extended to student athletes, whether they were involved or aware of the brawl or not.