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Ann Arbor High School has been closed until Monday morning in the wake of "several acts of violence" which erupted at the school late this morning. Two fights between white and Negro students reportedly broke out around 11 a.m., one in a classroom and the other in a girls' resfroom. The causes of the fights are not known at this time. Supt. W. Scott Westerman Jr. said he understood the fights 'produced no serious injuries," but the "prospect" that injuries could occur prgmpted the closing of the school. The outbreaks followed a report from Principal Nicholas Schreiber earlier in the mornthat things were "quiet" and the high school seemed to be "back to normal." The decisión to close the school was made shortly after noon following a conference between Chief of Pólice Walter Krasny, Westerman and Schreiber. A number of plainclothesmen were called to the scène to "supervise" the clearing of the school. Squad cars were also deployed around the area. The building was nearly completely cleared of students by 12:45 p.m. The high school's Negro students met in the auditorium from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. with Dr. Albert H. Wheeler, president of the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Following the meeting, the Negro students dispersed. Before a decisión was made to close the school, 400 to 500 students milled about in the hall. Many were shouting. Westerman said that the administration "hopes to be ablc to re-open the high school day morning." The strife at the high school began Friday. Negro students boycotted classes in protest of a curriculum questionnaire directed only at Negro students. A stormy three-hour session was held Monday morning with the Negro students. Charges of racial discrknination and bigotry involving athletics, academies and extra-curricular activities were levelled at a number of teachers, counselors and administrators by the Negró students. Supt. W. Scott Westerman Jr. said the charges will be investigated. The 21 demands to "correct racial inequities" at Ann Arbor High were presented by the Negro students during the morning session. Negro and white students met again with the faculty in the afternoon. The white students then met alone for about two hours. During that session, a resolution unanimously supporting the 21 demands of the Negro students was passed. Dr. Albert H. Wheeler, state chairman of the National Association for the Advanceme"nt of Colored People, last night praised Westerman's handling of the unrest at the high school. Wheeler, who attended Monday's sessions at the school, spoke to about 85 people at the Community Center. The meeting was sponsored by the Coalition for Racial Justice in an attempt to promote racial 1 tice in Ann Arbor. Westerman "took the high road and already he's facing repercussions," Wheeler declared last night. He added that the superintendent is receiving telegrams and letters condemning his handling of the situation, but "Scott Westerman knows this community, and he took the road with some hope," Wheeler said. t