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High School FB Players Suspended

November 26, 1999

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) _ Thirteen high school football players were suspended for allegedly fighting on the field with another team they accused of taunting them with racial slurs.

Fontana High principal Mike Demmer said he suspended the students for five days after watching video of the 30-second brawl, which broke out while players were shaking hands after Fontana’s Nov. 19 loss to Los Angeles Loyola High.

No one required medical treatment, and no immediate charges were filed.

Demmer refused to describe the racial slurs or to identify the races of those involved in the fight, but he said it was started by a student from Fontana, which is 40 miles east of Los Angeles. The mandatory penalty for fighting is a suspension, the principal said.

In Decatur, Ill., the recent suspension of six black students for a brawl at a football game led to protests and complaints from Jesse Jackson that the punishment was out of proportion.

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