A video exploded over the weekend on Facebook that showed a teenage girl throwing down a boy and kneeing him in the face – twice – before running from the scene, with a teacher in hot pursuit.
The video was shot on the campus of Sonoma Valley High School, confirmed Principal Kathleen Hawing. She said the incident took place on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Hawing told the Index-Tribune that the girl in the video was a student at Creekside, the alternative high school on the same campus as SVHS, but she should have been off-campus at the time of the incident, which was late during the high school’s lunch hour.
“Get that girl! Right now! Who is that girl?” a woman is heard yelling as the girl runs off, adding substance to the theory the girl was not well known among high school students and teachers.
Neither the girl nor the boy is readily identifiable in the video. Police were not called, said Hawing, although an EMT was contacted to check on the boy's condition.
The video shows over 10 million views, and the post has almost 100,000 “likes” and almost 74,000 “shares.” Some of the Facebook comments applaud the girl for beating up the boy, suggesting he was a bully who got what he deserved.
“We never condone violence in any shape or form,” said Hawing, emphasizing that whatever the cause of the incident was, the fight should not have taken place. "People are commenting on Facebook without any knowledge of the incident, and it's just unfortunate that those are the things we deal with."
Just one month earlier, on Jan. 14, a similar confrontation occurred on the Creekside campus. School Resource Officer Matt Regan, stationed on the high school campus, reported an 11:22 a.m. fight between two 17-year-olds; similarly, the girl threw the boy to the ground and allegedly kicked him in the face.
The girl was cited and referred to family services, according to Sonoma Police. Hawing said that incident took place on the Creekside portion of the Broadway Ave. campus. "The Creekside students are separate from the high school students," said Hawing. "They don't share classes."
Hawing said there had been requests to Facebook by the school administration and others to take down the video, but Facebook so far has refused.
She said the school district would issue an official statement soon.