Assistant Principal Tackles Female Student to Stop Schoolyard Cat Fight

There is something really exciting about fights when you’re in middle school or high school. Back in my public school days, it was always a great diversion to witness a fight going on in the hall between classes. It helped puncuate the day. The fights I witnessed didn’t seem to be instances of bullying, as is the case with this video posted yesterday, but rather they were over some sort of personal issue – more often than not between two girls. It always made me cringe a little bit, because it seemed like a lot of the girls in my school wore large hoop hearings, which must have increased the potential for gruesome injuries.

In this video, a girl (wearing a hoodie with a peace sign, no less) is in the advanced stages of laying a beat-down on another girl. A close observer will note that she pauses briefly to pull up her shorts. A faculty member – as evidenced by the identification card at her hip – attempts to stop the fight with no success. It is only when the man with a tie rushes in and shoves the assailant to the ground that the fight is stopped. The slow motion used in the last few seconds adds a nice twist, and renders the fight into some kind of surreal event.

According to a report on CBS Albany, the fight took place last year at Shenendehowa High School in upstate New York, and the man with the tie is an assistant principal. School officials approve of the principal’s actions; in a statement released Monday, they said “He reacted swiftly to stop the fight and prevent the girl from being attacked from being seriously injured.”

“They just said that it’s mad crazy and like all over the internet and people are like telling the kids to just like go on the internet and like watch the video,” said Shendehowa student Larissa Rosenberg, in reaction to the video going viral. TC mark

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  • http://twitter.com/JosephErnest Joseph Ernest Harper

    Is there another link to the video? This one's broken.

  • Greg

    The kids they interview are classic….also clearly this dude did the right thing. Should we rip him down for acting on instinct?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNRZRBA7BYI5Q2SEYZM7FHC5KI Kat

    Good for the Vice Principle. I don't see a problem.

  • guest

    This happened last year at my highschool, and let me tell you, the hype is so uncalled for- as hilarious as the video may be. Things like these happen all the time, not only in my highschool, but everywhere, for that matter.

  • http://georgebrostanza.tumblr.com george brostanza

    Bitch had it coming.

  • Tom

    How has this become a big thing? Nothing special at all.

  • Mr. White

    They just said that it’s mad crazy and like all over the internet and people are like telling the kids to just like go on the internet and like watch the video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    Has anyone seen a tackle…? That was more like a push.

  • PERFECTCIRCLES

    I am the girl who was being attacked. Thank you Assistant Principal Heckman!

  • upset xx

    “more often than not between two girls”

    WHAT KIND OF WOMAN HATING TRITE DOES THIS SITE PUBLISH? ARE YOU IMPLYING THAT FEMALES ARE NOT ABLE OR WILLING TO FIGHT VIOLENTLY ABOUT IDEOLOGICAL DISPUTES? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE I WILL NOT VISIT THIS SITE UNLESS AND UNTIL THERE IS AN APOLOGY PUBLISHED AS A SEPARATE ARTICLE. YOU MISOGYNISTIC PIG.

    • Julimalema

      What are you doing out of the kitchen?

  • dinosaurs

    I am a first year teacher, and I have already had a fight far worse than this in my classroom, so I have a really hard time understanding why this is such a big deal.

    Mine involved 2 boys; the boy who started it is much larger than I am, (I'm a 22 year old female) and he was choking the other student. He was quite literally going to kill him if I didn't intervene. So yes, this does happen all the time in middle and high school, and that assistant principal was reacting completely normally. I think in today's society people assume our children are far more innocent and fragile than they really are. (Ideally, I would like every person in this country to substitute in their local middle or high school for a week just to see/hear the crazy shit that goes on with our young people)

    Bottom line: that girl was beating another human being, so obviously she should be restrained…and by the way, that was not a tackle, that was a push; let's not get too dramatic–it just reminds me of the middle schoolers I teach.

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