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Police officials line the hallways at Pittsburg High School as students prepare to go home after a small riot broke out in the quad in Pittsburg, Calif., on Friday Oct. 5, 2012. A large force of police were called in to control the disturbance sending students back to their classes. There were no arrests. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff)

PITTSBURG -- Police units responded to Pittsburg High school Friday to find the entire student body waiting for a fight to take place, but the rumored brawl never erupted, a district administrator said.

Just after 11 a.m., school staff caught wind of a fight planned during lunchtime, and called police to assist when the entire student body congregated to watch, Assistant Superintendent Abe Doctolero said.

Officers arrived to find close to 2,600 students gathering in the quad, Doctolero said. No fight took place between the assembly of students, though some exhibited provocative behavior, throwing objects and moving erratically about the quad.

According to Doctolero, the rumored fight stemmed from of a Thursday fight over a cellphone robbery and apparent dispute. The students involved in the that altercation had been either sent home or suspended before Friday's fight was supposed to take place.

Students started gathering about 12:30 p.m., while lunch was in session, Pittsburg High School Principal Todd Whitmire said. For some reason, as students were gathering, some starting running back and forth in the outdoor quad area, he said.

The entire incident had ended by 1 p.m., Whitmire said, and students returned to class and resumed their schedules as normal.

About 30 officers showed up at the school, Whitmire said. There were no injuries or arrests and vandalism did not occur at the school, which has a closed campus during lunch.


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"A fight did break out between two girls," he said, adding they could face disciplinary action such as suspension. Also, a Starbucks bottle was thrown at a student's backpack.

The principal sent out a notification via phone, text message and email to parents that an incident had occurred at the school, but that the students were safe and back in class.

As a result of what happened, the school's Powder Puff event, a flag football competition for girls that was to take place after school Friday, was canceled.

It could be rescheduled, provided students do something to "earn the privilege of having it," Whitmire said.

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