A fight between two students at North Kansas City High School was caught on tape and a parent, concerned about student safety, sent the video to KCTV5.
Officials at the school point out that fights on campus are not uncommon. Still, they are concerned and are working to prevent it from happening again.
The violent confrontation between two freshman girls last week was caught on tape and immediately uploaded to social networking sites. The video shows the two girls slapping and hitting each other before a school resource officer separates them.
"It started with a verbal argument and it led to physical aggression and, fortunately no one got seriously injured," Assistant Principal Todd Hinnenkamp said.
Hinnenkamp said the recorded fight was the second in two weeks. The other altercation happened at another building on campus. On average, North Kansas City High School has about two fights a month over the past two years, which Hinnenkamp said is not that much different from other high schools.
"When you have 1,400 or so teenagers in one location still learning to interact and handle themselves, unfortunately, situations like this occur," he said.
One parent who emailed KCTV5, but didn't want to go on camera, expressed concern over the safety of fellow students. Hinnenkamp said she doesn't need to worry because the school has five campus supervisors, two school resource officer and teachers are trained on how to handle violent confrontations.
"We want teachers to make good decisions and use resources that they have available, but we don't require them to physically intervene," Hinnenkamp said.
Teachers are trained to call either a campus supervisor or resource officer for assistance. In the recorded case, that protocol worked and the campus officials said they have no plans to change it.
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