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Three people were arrested outside a California school board meeting after fights between pro- and anti-LGBTQ protestors


Three people were arrested outside a California school board meeting after fights between pro- and anti-LGBTQ protestors

While administrators discussed the differences in opinion over the district's LGBTQ+ policies inside a California school board meeting, a brawl broke out outside and at least three people were arrested, police said.

A small group among the several hundred protesters outside the Glendale Unified School Board meeting engaged in what police called "unsafe behavior" and posed "a risk to public safety."

The school board was set to take action on a resolution proclaiming June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, according to the meeting agenda.

Dozens of parents, students, and other members of the public weighed in during the public comment session, some pushing for inclusion and respect, others expressing concern over indoctrination and grooming.

Several punches were thrown outside within the group of protesters before police were able to separate the crowd, scene video from CNN affiliate KCAL shows.

"Despite police attempts to de-escalate the situation, at least three individuals were arrested for various charges, including unlawful use of pepper spray and willfully obstructing officers in the course of their duties," a release from the Glendale Police Department said.

After the arrests, "additional attempts to de-escalate the crowd failed," police said. Because "the protest exceeded the bounds of peaceful assembly," police said, a dispersal order was issued just after 6 p.m.

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