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Hawaii high school closes amid fights, tension; 8 students arrested after at least 20 brawl

A high school on Hawaii's Big Island is temporarily closed after multiple fights this week culminated in a brawl involving 20 to 30 students, with eight arrests.

Police and state education officials say Kealakehe (kay-AH'-la-kay-hee) High School in Kailua-Kona (ky-LOO'-uh KOH'-nuh) was closed Friday as teachers and administrators figured out how to get control of problems with students as they begin finals next week.

Hawaii County police say nobody was seriously hurt in a Thursday fight that led to a campus lockdown. Police say eight students — seven boys and one girl — were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and released.

Police didn't say what prompted the violence. But Hawaii Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz says the school's principal reported concerns about "social issues." She says she doesn't know exactly what the issues are.

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