updated 3/1/2011 2:32:41 PM ET 2011-03-01T19:32:41

Nine sixth-grade boys suspected of participating in a so-called "fight club" have been expelled from a Tacoma, Wash., middle school.

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School officials tell The News Tribune they found out about the club when the relative of one participant spoke to a television station about it. KCPQ-TV also aired a cell phone video showing two kids fighting.

The fights took place at Stewart Middle School and in homes.

A Tacoma Public Schools spokesman says the school expelled the boys as of Monday. When they can return will be determined on a case-by-case basis, with school officials factoring in the students' disciplinary histories.

District officials have told school principals throughout Tacoma to be on the alert for similar clubs.

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