Beverly Hills High Beefs Up Security For Basketball Game After Confrontation Caught On Tape

(FOX 11 / CNS) Beverly Hills Highs School has made plans for extra security, including support from the police department during the basketball game between them and Santa Monica High Tuesday night.

The security measures are being taken after a fight broke out when the two rivals confronted each other after a game from weeks ago, part of it was captured on a students cell phone camera. The video shows the skirmish happening at the Civic Center parking lot near Santa Monica high school.

The district says six or seven Students were involved in the confrontation right after the basketball game between Santa Monica and Beverly Hills wrapped up.

In the video, one student can be seen beating his chest, others shouting expletives at each other and some yelling "stop" as several students rush a car.

The district says there was considerable damage to the lights and hood of that Mercedes.

This all happened on January 23rd,.after the match up between the Beverly Hills Normans and Samohi Vikings. Beverly Hills won that game 61-55. School officials say no players were involved in the confrontation, they say it was mainly fans. Still, they're taking the rivalry seriously and have even considered canceling the game if the crowd gets out of hand.

Power Forward for the Normans Jalen Sands says he hopes fans can make tonight's game about the basketball and not the fight. "There's been a rivalry since my freshman year. I've noticed it, but I've never seen it get out of hand like that," Sands said.

"From the video stand point, there's no need for all that. Let's just play basketball, have fun and leave the fighting somewhere else," Sands said.

Editor of the Beverly Hills HS paper Jackson Prince says he witnessed the fight.

"Both sides taunted each other. In that parking lot it was an isolated incident with a few kids. The Santa Monica students out numbered the Beverly kids and the Beverly kids were the guests, but now the Beverly kids are the home kids. We'll see how that changes stuff," Prince said

The school says they plan to keep the two schools separate during the game and have extra personnel outside after the game.

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