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6 ARRESTED, MORE THAN 30 HURT IN BRAWL AT JOB CORPS CENTER

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A disturbance at the Clearfield Job Corps Center Wednesday night that led to six arrests and injured more than 30 students was racially motivated but wasn't a gang fight, according to police and Job Corps officials.

The brawl involved Oriental and black students, police said, and started about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the center's recreation center, then spread outside to a playing field.Police reported six people - three adults and three juveniles - were arrested on assault charges and between 35 and 40 people, mostly students, were treated at the center's infirmary for minor cuts and bruises.

Police said the incident stemmed from an altercation between a black and Oriental student in the recreation center. One student threw a pool ball at another, police said.

Those two students were removed from the recreation center but when they went outside, they apparently told their friends about the incident and another brawl started on a soccer field, police said.

The fight ended up with groups of blacks and Orientals fighting each other, according to the police, who were called by the center's security staff.

In addition to criminal charges, those arrested face disciplinary action through the Job Corps administrative process and could be terminated from the program, according to a center spokesman.