The school's principal, Wilfred Murakami, said the fights resulted from "bullying through racial and cultural taunts...The result overflowed on the Micronesian side where there was frustration, yelling and screaming — a reaction," he told West Hawaii Today
Three separate fights broke out on campus during the school’s lunch recess, West Hawaii today reported. One student said she felt she was being taunted and started screaming. That then triggered other students to start fighting, leading to three different fist fights on campus. The fights were broken up by other students and school personnel.
Hawaii Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz told the Associated Press that "social issues" remain a problem at the school.