A Kealakehe graduate says it's all a shame.
"It bums me out to see that things still going on. It was going on when I went to school," said Cyrus Widhalm, a 2007 Kealakehe graduate. "Sometimes it's not always a racial thing. Sometimes it was the football guys against the basketball guys."
School officials say they will use the incident as an opportunity to talk to the community at-large to ease tensions as Micronesians are singled out as the latest immigrant group competing for local jobs, housing and social programs.
School officials plan to hold on-campus forums that may tap the mayor's office and Big Island police. But, it's unlikely those forums will start until those students on crisis suspension return to campus later this week.