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2 students hospitalized after brawl

Two Golden Valley High School students with criminal street gang ties were seriously injured in a fight on a campus parking lot and all four combatants are facing charges.

School Resource Officer Jason Hart said two boys, members of the True Blue Asian Crips gang, were taken by ambulance to the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced following the 8:08 a.m. confrontation Wednesday with two members of the Young Life Bloods gang.

One of the boys in the Asian gang was treated and released from the hospital where he received nine stitches to his lip. His companion was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a serious eye injury, Hart said.

Principal Craig Chavez said all four students involved in the fight are Golden Valley students. Some part-time personnel were brought in to provide additional supervision, school staff were instructed to be aware of student interactions and no fights were reported Thursday.

"Any time you have an incident, we take a look at the situation and deal with it accordingly," Chavez said. He didn't believe any of the students were validated gang members.

Lt. Bimley West of the Merced Police Department said officers are trying to identify students involved in an ongoing rivalry. Hart said no weapons were involved in the Wednesday fight, which only lasted several minutes. All of the students are believed to be between 15 and 17 years of age.

The two Bloods gang members, who were not injured, were booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on felony charges of battery with injury and gang enhancements. The two injured boys also are facing assault and battery and gang enhancement charges, Hart said.

Wednesday's fight follows a Feb. 12 lunchtime incident involving some of the same participants, Hart said.

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