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Arlington Lamar High fight Tuesday may involved gangs, police say

Police made two arrests and issued three misdemeanor citations at Lamar High School on Wednesday after a morning fight that police said may have involved students from different gangs.

Arlington gang officers are still investigating the fight that broke out about 7:30 a.m. at the school, 1400 W. Lamar Blvd. in north Arlington. School officials said the ruckus involved about five male students and stemmed from a verbal altercation between some Lamar students during a Tuesday night basketball game.

The exchange escalated into a fistfight Wednesday morning in a lobby area outside the school cafeteria, school district spokeswoman Veronica Sopher said.

About 100 other students were gathered near the fight, waiting for school to start, Sopher said. Police were called to help break up the fight and get students to class.

“Any time you have a large group of students gathering in an area and a disturbance breaks out and we are concerned it could escalate, then we take precautionary measures and call the police department for assistance,” Sopher said.

There were no injuries, and no weapons were involved, she added.

On Wednesday afternoon, police spokesman Lt. Blake Miller issued a statement saying that the two “primary combatants” in the fight were arrested on suspicion of fighting/disruptive activities. That charge, which is part of the state’s education code, is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine, Miller said.

Two other students were issued Class C misdemeanor citations, punishable by up to a $500 fine, for displaying gang activity or signs. Another student was issued a Class C misdemeanor citation for fighting, Miller said.

Seven school security officers and one Arlington police officer are typically assigned to Lamar, officials said.Police said no further incidents were reported at Lamar on Wednesday.