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Students Say Race is to Blame for Recent Fights, Principal Denies Claims


BERLIN, Md. – Two fights broke out at Stephen Decatur High School recently, and students say they were racially motivated.

The school principal though, Thomas Zimmer, denies that claim.

During the first that happened in the hallway of the school, a couple of students stood by to capture the fight on their cellphones, while a white student and two black students traded punches.

The brawl caught some students by surprise.

"It kind of makes our school look really bad because that's not really what it is at all."

"I think it was crazy. I mean I wasn't expecting to see anything like that."

The next day, a second fight broke out. This one happened in the McDonald's parking lot across the street from the school.

This fight was one on one, between a black and white student.

Stephanie Lisi is the mother of the 15-year-old freshman who was involved in the McDonald's parking lot fight.

Lisi was upset to find her son's face on the cover of the paper linked to allegations that race had something to do with it.

" It had nothing to do with race. What the media has done is an absolute outrage."

Some students at Stephen Decatur tell WBOC someone posted a racist picture on Instagram after the first school fight.

Students say the second fight happened after the post.

Principal Zimmer denies claims of racial issues at the school.

He spoke with students in every grade level last week.

"We discussed what had taken place and what we can do as a school family to move on from here, " Zimmer said.

The principal says there is stepped up police presence inside and outside the school.

He and the superintendent also sent home a letter to parents, which you can read in its entirety here.

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