first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAuthorities don’t know whether any of the assailants were students from Knight High. “Staff and security and school deputies are attempting to identify participants that go to our school,” trustee Al Beattie said. Sheriff’s officials said they have noticed racial tensions since school started between Latino and African-American students. They said because so many students walk to and from school, trouble has occurred when students insult each other and get in shoving matches on their way home from school. Ford said it was hard to say whether the attack was prompted by gang or race. “There is a gang element to it,” Ford said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Additional sheriff’s deputies patrolled around Knight High School on Thursday, a day after two Knight students were attacked by 15 to 20 young men as they walked home from school, deputies said. The two students, who are Latino, were hit and kicked by the assailants, who were African-American and ranged in age from about 15 to 22, deputies said. “They asked if they belonged to a certain gang. When the Hispanics said no, they started hitting them with their fists and feet,” sheriff’s Lt. Don Ford said. “Some motorist passed by and stopped. That stopped the attack and the suspects ran off.” Thursday’s attack occurred about 2:45 p.m. near 65th Street East and Avenue R-8, about a half-mile from the school. The two students suffered minor injuries, Ford said. last_img read more