Three fights broke out at Northwest Community High School Tuesday in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 5. One of the fights was captured on video (below) and features a male student beating a female student in a school hall way.
Students gathered to watch and a teacher yelled at the students to stop fighting. The staff member briefly touched the boy’s shoulder, but he stopped - before the boy grabbed the girl by the hair. Other students broke up the fight.
In a statement about the fight, Indianapolis Public Schools said: “Northwest Community High School protocol calls for staff members to diffuse the situation verbally, then signal for support from administration and school police. ... Indianapolis Public Schools’ lead administrators are investigating today’s situation at Northwest to ensure our students are served in the best possible ways.”
IPS teachers' union said they don’t want to put teachers at risk of harm.
"We're not going to get in the middle of fights. That's not what we're here for," said Rhondalyn Cornett, president of the Indianapolis Education Association. "We're here to educate the students. We do what we can to keep everybody safe, because that's our job, too — we understand that — but I'm not going to ask people to injure themselves and put themselves in harm's way for a fight."
Students say fights are very common at the school.
"Fights happen every day," Northwest freshman Jada White, 15, told Indy Star. "They don't even do anything to prevent them."
Principal Michelle Brittain-Watts said the male student has been "dealt with.” The female student was treated for minor injuries.
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