SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Three Florin High School students were arrested following a school brawl Monday that injured three school officials, including the principal who was body-slammed into the ground.
The incident was captured on video and posted to Facebook and YouTube.
“It was like chaos,” said Marquice Wong, a sophomore at the school. “There were students everywhere fighting. I (saw) school officials getting hurt.”
Junior Dezhon Jackson said he saw the fight.
“I see the principal get flipped,” he said. ” I just see a whole lot of ruckus…a lot of people were just crowding over getting on tables and yelling to fight, encouraging it,” said Jackson.Junior Dezhon Jackson said he saw the fight.
“I see the principal get flipped,” he said. “I just see a whole lot of ruckus. A lot of people were just crowding over getting on tables and yelling to fight — encouraging it.”
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department moved in quickly to take action.
“There ended up being three arrests,” said Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Turnbull said two of the three students arrested face battery charges on a school official that caused injuries. The third student made for threats toward other students and law enforcement during the altercation.
“There were three school officials who sustained minor injuries,” said Xanthi Pinkerton, spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District. “I do know one of the school officials, the principal, was involved in stabilizing the situation.”
The altercation involved two separate incidents.
“One incident was involving eight to 10 students,” Pinkerton said. “There was a particular relationship-oriented disagreement.”
In the second incident, “one student had insulted another and they ended up in an altercation.” Pinkerton said.
News of the assault spread quickly on campus, alarming parents and grandparents, like Vickie Turner.
“It’s really scary,” Turner said. “You know your grandkids are here and you worry about their safety.”
Leanna Ruiz, who graduated from Florin High School in 2014, saw the video posted on the Internet.
“Instead of choosing to be educated, they choose to fight and hurt the staff,” Ruiz said. “And I actually think it’s horrible to see my old principal get put on his back by other students.”
“Any video showing a school official that would be involved in an altercation would be startling,” Pinkerton told KCRA 3. “But, the good news is that particular situation was stabilized very quickly.”
The sheriff’s department said there is a school resource officer assigned to Florin High School. There have been no other fights recently that required law enforcement to step in.
School principal Don Ross was not available for comment, but the district boosted police presence on campus Tuesday after threats were found in one of the school’s bathrooms.
“The nature of it was a little vague, ” Pinkerton said. “There were implications of either a threat to the school or a threat to a person,” she said.
Parent Richard Duong chose to keep his son away from school Tuesday, following the troubling notes found in the bathroom.
“He can miss school for one day, but he cannot miss his life forever,” Duong said.
Freshman Leilah Windom said her classes were close to being empty.
“Nobody came to school [Tuesday],” Leilah said. “My first period was only like four people.”
Students like Toby Gray said he noticed heightened security both on and off campus today.
“Two or three police cars, and I think three officers at lunch,” Gray said.
The threat never materialized, but the two incidents have frustrated parents.
“Hey, if this happens one more time I’m pulling my kid out of school,” said one parent, who asked not to be identified.