Students and staff at Miamisburg High School had Thursday off due to a water main break.
Superintendent Gary Schomburg said that water main break and the break from school have turned into a useful cooling off period after an explosive week involving racial tensions between some students.
"My understanding is that this started as an argument between two ninth grade students way back last Thursday in detention," Schomburg told 2News.
Schomburg said his staff did step in to break up that fight. But over the weekend, the students, one black, one white, fought at a local park. And come Monday, they brought the feud back to the school.
According to Schomburg, "rumors spread pretty rapidly that one side or the other was going to bring weapons next time they had an altercation."
When the boys started fighting again, this time involving other friends, Miamisburg police were called in, arresting both boys. Five students, three white, two black, were suspended from school.
Schomburg said school officials searched the school for guns or racial graffiti, but found no evidence to support those rumors.
"We have worked hard over the last six to seven years realizing that our student population was becoming more diverse," Schomburg said.
The superintendent said they have hired diversity experts in the past, and might do so again after this incident.