Peaceful rally held at LA school with gender-neutral bathrooms

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Calm was restored to Santee high school a day after protesters and students clashed over gender-neutral bathrooms. (KABC)

A day after a fight broke out at a Los Angeles high school that recently installed gender-neutral bathrooms, students held a peaceful rally to show support for the new facilities.

Police and school officials were concerned about protesters returning to Santee Education Complex for a second day and sparking new confrontations with students.

But they didn't show and so instead students held a pep rally with rainbow flags and signs indicating support for the gender-neutral bathrooms.

"It's important for people to be equal," said Santee 10th grader Kevin Verde. "If you're not comfortable using the boys' or girls' restroom you can use the gender-neutral restroom."

On Tuesday, protesters showed up across the street from the school, carrying signs and a bullhorn. After classes ended for the day, several students crossed the street and confronted the protesters. A fight broke out and police arrived to restore calm. Officials said no one was injured or arrested.

Police were ready with extra officers on Wednesday in case of a repeat, but trouble didn't materialize. One student who apparently had a blade in his possession was detained nearby, but officials said it was unrelated to the event.
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