An alleged fight club that took place at a high school school is under investigation by California school officials, after parents complained when videos surfaced showing students fighting in a locker rooms.
The students are from Nevada Union High School, about an hour north of Sacramento. At least three videos of students from the school baseball team fighting were posted on social media. Principal, Dan Frisella, said the fights are surprising and concerning.
“Parents have been aware, coaches have been aware, prior to it being brought to our attention,” said Frisella.
In the videos the students are wearing boxing gloves but no other protective gear. The alleged fights took place in a dilapidated clubhouse used by the baseball team during school hours.
The school is now trying to figure out who knew about the fights. According to the principal, parents and coaches did know about it before the school did.
“When the investigation is complete we’ll be taking appropriate action,” said District Superintendent, Louise Johnson.
CBS News reports the fights have been held for more than a decade.
Senior James Herlitz says the fights were not meant to harm anyone. For him and his friends, it was just a group of guys having fun and boxing.
“No one was trying to like, ‘Oh I am going to beat this kid up. Just some guys having fun, laughing, playing music and boxing,” said Herlitz. He is friends with some of the students in the videos, and insists they had no malicious intent.
The three videos reportedly posted online last week have now all been deleted.
One parent told CBS News, “It really blew my mind. I was surprised kids could get away with things like that.”
Superintendent Johnson says the administration needs to do a better job in educating students about the seriousness of potential head injury.
“We need to do a little bit more work with the education of our students about the seriousness of potential head injury,” said Johnson.
The high school and the district are both investigating what students were involved and whether or not any school personnel should be punished.
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