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BLOOMINGTON — A verbal conflict between three Bloomington Junior High School students at the end of the school day Thursday drew a crowd that in turn brought extra police to the campus.

“It looked worse than it was,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly.

A school resource officer, who is a police officer assigned to the school, called for backup as a safety precaution because of the number of students around at the time.

The two school resource officers were joined by at least two more officers, but no arrests were made, police said.

It started with two boys having a conflict inside the school about 2:45 p.m. It moved outside, a third boy joined in, and a crowd started to gather.

The extra police presence helped keep the situation from getting out of hand, Reilly said.

The school administration will follow up, and there will be consequences for at least one student involved in the incident, Reilly said.

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