The fight took place on May 22nd near Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va. Police say a group of six African American students attacked two white students on their way home from school, putting one in the hospital with a broken back. This led school officials to expel the six black students. Prince William has a zero-tolerance policy for what it calls "group assaults."
Their parents say the incident has been overblown and misconstrued. They say their children were the ones who were attacked. Last night, two of the parents appealed the expulsions before the Prince William County School Board. The Board voted to uphold the expulsions. Ralph Smith, president of the Prince William NAACP, says it's unfair to punish only the black students.
"Let's just punish all equally," he says, "Or don't punish anybody."
Smith wants school officials to meet with the black community, "to have explained to the community why six children can be just summarily dismissed from school, for really what was an incident that's more routine than it has been blown out of proportion to be."
Smith is also calling for an investigation into how the incident was handled by Forest Park principal Eric Brent - who is an African American.
A spokesperson for Prince William Public Schools couldn't comment on this case, citing confidentiality laws. The six expelled students face charges of assault, attempted robbery and malicious wounding by a mob.
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