CALIFORNIA – A brawl breaks out between two students at Granada High School in Livermore on Monday, leaving one girl seriously injured and another girl arrested.
According to police reports, one girl walked up to another girl and began punching her in the face until the victim hit her head on the ground, triggering a seizure.
Witnesses told reporters that the two girls had previously clashed, but this time it escalated very quickly.
The victim was rushed to Eden Medical Center with serious injuries and was later released.
Authorities claim after the fight started, a huge crowd of students converged around the girls, with many using their phones to film and snap pictures, which left the students’ parents and administrators appalled by their negligence.
“Here’s an opportunity to step up, and a lot of them didn’t,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Van Schaack. “And you feel like, ‘disappointed’ is a good word. I would’ve thought better things would’ve happened.” He added that “when you’re not intervening, you’re also part of the problem.”
In a letter sent to parents, students and staff, the principal wrote: “While the circumstances of the incident were heinous, what is equally disturbing is the reaction some people have had about it. Far too many students were crowding around, filming the incident and discussing it on social media afterward.”
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent of Schools Kelly Bowers has requested any social media posts involving the incident to be removed immediately and is asking that parents speak to their children about appropriate responses to such a crisis.
“Social media is not a problem-solving forum; adult intervention is how we keep our kids safe,” Bowers said. “My administrative staff and I are always available if you need to contact us. … Rest assured, student safety is our utmost priority.”
“This is not who we are as a school,” Bowers added. “We need to show we are a caring community that respects one another.”
Bowers said a “thorough investigation followed by strong legal and district consequences” will follow.
The Livermore Police Department has not released the ages or names of the individuals involved but it announced earlier this week that one arrest was made. The girl has been charged with felony battery and faces expulsion from school.
A high school student suffered a seizure during a fight as a large crowd of students watched & even recorded videos. https://t.co/GRK3oDRI4q
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