One student has been hospitalized and another has been expelled after a fight that may have been gang-related broke out at Tokay High School on Thursday.
According to Lt. Tod Patterson of the Lodi Police Department, one male student supposedly said something that angered a peer while the two were at school.
One student punched the other student in the face, Patterson said. The student who was hit retaliated and hit his assailant back.
Patterson said it is possible that the issue the students were fighting over was gang related.
The student who threw the initial punch then allegedly grabbed the back of the other student's head and slammed the student's face into a chalkboard, Patterson added.
The student whose face hit the chalkboard was initially transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital but was later taken to UC Davis Medical Center for additional testing, Patterson said.
According to Patterson, the student whose face was shoved against the chalk board suffered a deep laceration to his forehead.
The student who initiated the fight was reportedly expelled from Tokay High School and will be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, Patterson said.
David Durand, spokesperson for American Medical Response for San Joaquin County, said the student who sustained the head laceration was 14 years old.
Students at Tokay High School said the fight broke out during first period, around 7:30 a.m.
School officials from Tokay High School could not be reached for comment on the situation as of press time.
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