Two Los Angeles high school students face felony charges for a filmed beating, which sent the injured classmate to hospital.
School police say it’s unclear what sparked the brawl, but there was a long-standing dispute between the girls involved.
The disturbing video shows students gathered in a girl’s locker room at the Social Justice School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. Two high school girls in red and yellow hoodies push each other to the ground, in which case a third girl in black joins the fight.
As the video continues, the girls in red and black begin to stomp on the student in the yellow hoodie, throwing punches and picking her up by the hair while she is helpless and on the ground.
Other students surround the fighters in the video, some recording the incident, without intervening.
The incident happened at 11 a.m. on Monday, with a girl in yellow the only victim in the brawl, according to LA school police. She was taken to hospital for her injuries.
Relative Maria Lourdes Gonzalez said in Spanish that it was sad that it could have been one of her children and that no one was helping the girl or receiving help.
“This concerns me, because I think all of us, as human beings, cannot allow this to happen,” said Sgt Rudy Perez of the LA School Police.
According to him, the two girls who punched and punched the one in yellow are facing battery felony charges.
“I think it went a bit beyond a typical fight, and that’s what made it difficult to watch this video of the injured young woman,” Perez said.
Frances Baez, the central superintendent of the local district, issued a statement on the incident.
“I want to reassure families that any kind of violent behavior is never tolerated at Los Angeles Unified,” she said. “The safety of our students remains our top priority, and again, any violence of any kind will simply not be tolerated on our campuses.”
School police said the victim’s guardian showed up at school on Tuesday morning, upset that the two girls involved in the fight had not been suspended or reprimanded following the incident – Instead, they attended classes on Monday and Tuesday.
The girls were arrested at school with minimal problems on Tuesday.
Tanya Ortiz Franklin, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board of directors, said the district has moved away from generic suspensions for most bad school behavior. They are now promoting a restorative approach, where they investigate and talk to all parties and ask them what they think needs to be done to hold them accountable.
Because all three girls are underage, little is disclosed about their identity or age.