KOTA KINABALU: Police have identified several schoolboys shown fighting outside a school in Kolombong in the viral video.
Police chief Asst Comm M Chandra said the incident took place on Aug 9 according to a report lodged by the school's disciplinary teacher.
"This is not the first time the boys got into fights. In fact, this was a continuation of an earlier fight on Aug 8," he said in a statement on Saturday.
He said the boys, who were from the same school, were challenging each other to "see who is stronger."
"At first only two boys were in the fight but their other friends joined in," ACP Chandra said.
He said police have identified three of the boys - two Form Four students and one Form Three student.
In the 51-second video, two boys in sports shirt were seen fighting before some students nearby joined in. Some students were also heard cheering during the fight.