Indianapolis public schools are now investigating a violent fight between a male and female student that was caught on camera at Northwest High School. In the extremely graphic video above, you can see the male student approach the female and furiously beat her while the crowd of teachers and students watch in horror. The male student furiously pulls her hair, punches her, throws her down and stomps her head.
About a minute into the clip, you can see teachers start to step in, and then they step away as the male pulverizes his victim. Students are heard screaming, “Stop! Let her go!” before they’re finally able to help the girl get free from her attacker.
But our question is, how could people just stand there and watch for as long as they did? One student says it’s because this is a normal occurrence.
“It’s normal. It’s an everyday thing,” said senior Audumn Jessee. Other students claim that it was just one of seven fights at school that day. Senior Omir Gonzalez witnessed four of them personally.
“The reason why that staff member did not mess in was because there was consideration that other people were gonna jump in and also attack,” Gonzalez said.
Tim Lawhorn, who lives across the street from the high school, and used to work security at the apartment complex there, said, “It’s bad because there’s nothing those staff members can do but try to do it verbally and that doesn’t work.” According to Indianapolis Public Schools, teachers are actually not allowed to put their hands on students, especially in situations like this fight. They have to absolve situations verbally.
Craig Blume, with the Indiana State Teachers Association says, “You’re hired to work under that policy. You have to follow it. A willful refusal to follow a board policy rule or regulation or direct order will get you fired immediately for insubordination.”
Blume claims that teachers’ response to fights won’t change because the police won’t. Getting physically involved could mean a lawsuit, the loss of their job and further injuries. So in this case, it was up to the students to be heroes and step in to stop the fight and they did.
Lawhorn often sees fights spill outside the school. “It happens quite a bit out here – lot of the guys talking about fights and people planning on fighting. Several times we’ve had to chase them off.”
Planning. Hmm, we wonder if that’s how this particular video was conveniently caught on camera.
IPS spokesperson says they’re arranging disciplinary action and, along with IPS Police, are working with the prosecutor on any possible charges. IPS Schools issued this statement concerning the teacher’s actions:
“Northwest Community High School protocol calls for staff members to diffuse the situation verbally, then signal for support from administration and school police. School and district administrators are arranging appropriate disciplinary action, and IPS Police officers are collaborating with the prosecutor’s office to determine any potential legal actions. Indianapolis Public Schools’ lead administrators are investigating today’s situation at Northwest to ensure our students are served in the best possible ways.”
This is so much bigger than this one fight. Clearly, there’s an issue at this school surrounding safety and it needs to be addressed. We will keep you updated on this story.