A now-viral video shows a shocking and violent restraint of a female student at Hazleton Area High School in Pennsylvania.
In the video is a chaotic scene with uniformed security personnel attempting to restrain a teenage girl, reported to be 15. One security officer can be seen punching her in the legs and then grabbing her by the hair and forcing her head onto a table. A cafeteria full of students can be heard screaming and yelling for the security to stop as the girl’s hair is pulled and her head held on a table.
Local media reported the incident began “as an argument between two female students in the high school cafeteria that quickly escalated to a fever pitch of violence.”
According to a local report, Hazleton Area High School district superintendent Brian Uplinger said: “It’s important to know there are always two sides to every story,” he said.
“… and it’s really important for parents and students and community members to get both sides of those stories before going to social media.”
The school district’s police chief Edward Harry told WYOU in Scranton that his officers “needed to de-escalate” a “melee.”
“They only saw a just very small portion of what went on, they didn’t see anything about what led up to it and the entire altercation in the cafeteria — I’m going to refer to it as a melee. At that point, the officers had to get that under control immediately. You can see from that snippet of video, there were hundreds of kids in the cafeteria …they were all cheering her on …yelling and screaming. They needed to de-escalate that.”
It’s reported Uplinger said “there were actually three separate fights, and four students are currently suspended while the district investigates.”
Comments in the post of the video included this: “They only do stuff like this bc they’re not scared of the repercussions of treating someone’s child in that manner.”
On a Facebook forum, commenters were asked if the officer went too far. Many seemed to think not and most said they were shocked by the other students screaming at authorities.
This is a developing story.