Violent fight between Upper Arlington teens has parents worried about possible hate crime
Disturbing video showing a group of teens attacking another student is circulating on social media, and raising a number of questions in the Upper Arlington community.
The fight took place last week. Police say all of the teens attend Upper Arlington High School, but the fight took place at an elementary school.
"It was on school property, " said Upper Arlington Officer Bryan McKean. "It was at Wickliffe Elelmentary. It appears the fight was over some sort of money. The parties involved did sustain injuries, but no one was hospitalized."
On the ground, taking punch after punch in the video is an Asian teen. Other teens in the video can be heard shouting the n-word. Parents who contacted ABC6/FOX28 were worried the fight was a hate crime, but police stress that's not the case.
"There doesn't appear to be any evidence of that," said Officer McKean.
Hate crime or not, some parents were disgusted the fight was recorded and no one did anything to stop it. "There was no action taken by bystanders. I've always been informed you're just as guilty if you're a bystander," said Kathy Behrens.
Police are still investigating and say the students still could be charged.
The principal released a statement concerning the fight in an email to families, saying:
"I am reaching out about a video that is circulating on social media. The video is of a fight that occurred off of high school grounds and outside school hours.
I understand that there is a lot of discussion through social media, and I want to share with you what I can within the boundaries of student privacy laws.
We received a report regarding a fight that took place away from Upper Arlington High School during the evening hours. We promptly investigated this situation and are following the disciplinary procedures outlined in our student code of conduct. we are also cooperating with the Upper Arlington Division of Police as officers conduct their own investigation.
My top priority as the leader of the high school is to ensure that our students are safe and feel welcome and supported. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or send me an email."