STOCKTON, Cali. – A student fighting with a staff member allegedly exploded into a violent brawl in a California high school on Friday that police say involved more than 80 people.
A report from Fox 40 said that the outburst caused the school to go into a lockdown for close to 90 minutes after the incident.
Officials at Bear Creek High School are still trying to figure out how the incident suddenly became an all-out riot. While it’s noted that fights were fairly common in the cafeteria, this incident, which was caught on video, goes far beyond the scope of a normal schoolhouse scrap.
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“Officers were struck by several students and a garbage can was thrown at officers and school staff,” said the Stockton Police Department following the disruption.
When officers jumped in and began trying to take control of the situation, all hell broke loose. As officers tried to detain a non-compliant individual, another picked up a trash can and threw it at Stockton police officers. At the same time, other students attempted to rip the officers off of the teen they were trying to subdue.
“I didn’t know it was that bad. I was thinking a few students, you know, had an altercation. But I did not know it was as bad as it was from that video,” a parent said following the brawl.
Check out the video from below, posted on the Facebook page 209 Times.
Though it looks like quite a struggle in the videos, the school and local officers reported that there were no injuries to staff, students or police.
The original student was cited for resisting arrest.
“I don’t know what is going on with these kids. I don’t know. Even with the authority there and they are still being too much. It’s scary… it’s dangerous,” said another parent in an interview with Fox 40.
Here’s a secondary video from a different angle.
“When you go to school, you’re supposed to respect the authority that’s trying to keep you safe while you’re here on campus,” noted a former Bear Creek High School student.
While no other students have been formally charged with any wrongdoing, the investigation within the school is ongoing now that the holiday weekend is over.