Students beat up high school vice principal trying to break up a fight, upload video on social media
Three students aged 15 to 16 were taken into custody after the incident at Oakville High School in St. Louis but they won't be charged as they are juveniles
A Missouri high school assistant principal was violently tackled to the ground and beaten up by students when he tried to intervene and break up a fight.
Shocking footage obtained by Daily Mail affiliate Fox 2 in St. Louis showed Oakville High School Vice Principal Brian Brennan on the floor after he got pulled into the brawl, with students laughing and clapping as other students repeatedly punched and kicked him. Instead of getting help or calling the authorities, teenagers filmed the brawl in the cafeteria at the St. Louis school and posted it on Snapchat.
CAFETERIA CHAOS: Video shows students tackling a staff member this morning at Oakville High School. Officials say the assistant principal was breaking up a fight when he was violently attacked. Story tonight on @KMOV pic.twitter.com/S2HoKBpzCD— Emma Hogg (@EmmaHoggTV) October 29, 2018
After the confrontation, three students between ages 15 and 16 were arrested by responding officers.
"Administrators and a school resource officer intervened to break the fight up. All students and staff are okay," Assistant Superintendent, Dr Jeff Bressler told Fox 2. "Obviously, we take all fighting seriously. We would love to see fighting stop in all high schools. Safety is our priority and we're always looking into how we can support students so they don't resort to violence." According to KGNS, Vice Principal Brennan had to be rushed to Urgent Care.
While the mission of the Mehlville School District is to "build a culture of improvement for staff and students", the three pupils taken into custody won't be charged as they are juveniles. Currently, the case is being reviewed at the St. Louis County Family Court.
Several calls were made to the school by concerned parents who were anxious about both the students and staff, prompting Principal Jan Kellerman to send a letter reassuring them their children were safe. Principal Kellerman thanked mothers and fathers for their concern. "We are investigating the matter and discipline will be rendered as detailed in our district disciplinary policy," she wrote, adding that all administrators are trained in restraint.
"It’s the most important thing we do here and all our students are safe," she said, adding that they are reviewing their current policy for dealing with physical confrontations. "After any kind of altercation, we always discuss things like is there something else we need to be doing." That said, the students involved in the altercation may be expelled from school.
However, in the days following the incident, Brennan appeared to be happy. He recently retweeted a post from Oakville showing him smiling in a selfie with his pupils.