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Violent classroom attack caught on video at Las Vegas school prompts calls for accountability

The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 21:07:47-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Social media users are calling for accountability after a violent video was posted online. It shows a girl being punched in the head repeatedly by another girl as a classroom full of kids watch.

In the video, someone, possibly a teacher, tells the student punching to “stop, stop, stop” while extending their arms to her, but the girl does not stop. “Get off of her,” that person is heard saying.

When the attacker keeps going, laughter is heard from other students.

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The graphic video of the punches lasts around 18 seconds. About eight seconds in, the girl being attacked stops lifting her hands up to protect herself, and her head lies on the desk.

She does not lift her head up after the attack ends. It is not clear what injuries she sustained or what condition she is in.

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Clark County School District says it is aware of the matter and it is investigating. The school district says it cannot comment on what kind of disciplinary action was taken due to privacy laws but went on to say, "in general, students can face administrative disciplinary action at school or be referred to law enforcement for possible criminal prosecution depending on the severity of the matter."

Meanwhile, Clark County School District Police Department says a Las Vegas High School student was cited for battery on Wednesday. The principal of Las Vegas High School sent an email to parents regarding the altercation:

"Earlier this week your student may have witnessed an altercation in one of their classes," Principal Ronnie Guerzon wrote. "Administration is aware and responding to this matter and it is being addressed through the appropriate channels.

"As a reminder, we expect all students to adhere to the CCSD Student Code of Conduct," Guerzon continued. "Please discuss with your student appropriate behavior on campus."

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In the caption for the video circulating online, the woman wrote in part, “I am only sharing this simply to bring awareness to other parents or people for that matter, on how this sad joke of a school system ACTUALLY is.”

The district is asking people not to share the video, saying, "We strongly encourage students and members of the community not to share footage of this incident or any other student fights. Showing this video serves no purpose other than to further ridicule and embarrass the victim and embolden bullies."

Read the full statement from CCSD to 13 Action News below.

“School administration is aware of the matter and is taking this incident seriously.

“CCSD investigates every reported case of bullying and takes appropriate action if needed. We are unable to discuss individual student disciplinary matters due to privacy laws. However, in general, students can face administrative disciplinary action at school or be referred to law enforcement for possible criminal prosecution depending on the severity of the matter.

“We strongly encourage students and members of the community not to share footage of this incident or any other student fights. Showing this video serves no purpose other than to further ridicule and embarrass the victim and embolden bullies.

"Any student who captures photos or video of an assault on-campus, off-campus, on a bus or during a school activity should immediately turn the footage over to a teacher, school administrator or police. We investigate and address all concerns of bullying.”