A fight broke out Tuesday after protesters showed up at a Los Angeles High School to protest the decision to install the first-ever gender neutral bathroom on campus.
The fight began after a student engaged adults holding signs and yelling through megaphones outside of Santee Education Complex, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Santee Education Complex is part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.
Cell phone video of the chaos shows an adult protester across the street holding a sign reading: ‘Homo sex is sin.’
Dozens of students can be seen brawling across the street with the protesters before the fight is broken up by law enforcement.
When police arrived to keep the peace, the protesters left the area, according to ABC.
The school’s principal made a statement on Wednesday following the incident.
‘Yesterday, a small group of adults unsuccessfully attempted to discredit the brave actions of our students by protesting against the school’s recently approved gender-neutral restrooms,’ Gomez said.
‘Above all, we want to ensure the safety of our students despite outside factors and influencers who want to disrupt instruction and the well-being of our students.’
Also on Wednesday, a rally was held by a political group called Union del Barrio in support of the students and their right to have a gender neutral bathroom, according to KTLA
A speaker from the advocacy group declared the school a ‘no-hate zone.’
‘We’re saying no to hate, we’re saying no to bigotry, and we’re saying yes to community,’ said the man, who wielded a megaphone.
‘This community fought hard to make sure we have an inclusive community.’
Several students spoke out on Wednesday and said they were hurt when protesters showed up to their school.
‘There was a riot here because of the gender-neutral bathroom that we have,’ student Sasha Phillips told KTLA.
‘It’s just a bathroom. I mean, people pee.’