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Aftermath Of High School Fight Stokes Racial Tensions In Prince William County

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The fight happened sometime after school in late May. Eight Forest Park High School students were involved: six were African-Americans, the other two were white. After the fight, school officials expelled the black students.

Outside Forest Park on a recent stormy afternoon, the mother of two of the expelled students says her boys are in shock. She asked that we withhold her name to protect her 16 and 17-year-old sons.

"They're just kids that play football and basketball and video games," the mother says, "and [they] do their homework and have their Mom yell at them to do their homework. And they don't understand how something like this could happen."

A police report from the incident paints a different picture. It says the six black students kicked, punched and stomped on the two white students when the white students wouldn't give them money.

The report says one of the white students suffered a broken back from the incident, and had to use a wheelchair to get home from the hospital.

The students are being tried as adults on charges of attempted robbery, assault, and malicious wounding by a mob.

Some of the African American families involved are disputing the the police's account. They say their children were attacked. Prince William County officials wouldn't comment for this story.

Tonight, two of the families will appear before the Prince William County School Board to appeal the expulsions. The Prince William County NAACP is looking into the matter.

David Schultz reports...

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