Cellphone video of a fight at a local junior high school is going viral.
The fight, which happened Wednesday at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids, was captures by a number of students on their cellphones and shared using social media. Unfortunately, every subsequent "like" is creating a headache for school administrators.
Phones are ringing off the hook at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids as more and more parents see cellphone video of a fight posted online.
While school administrators aren't releasing details, Principal Kevin Yeske tells NewsChannel 7 he believes some students knew there was a probability a fight would break out Wednesday. When it did, they were ready to capture it all with their cellphones.
NewsChannel 7 has chosen not to show the video of the fight, but cellphone video of fights just like the one at East Junior High are popping up on sites all over the internet.
East Junior High School changed their cellphone policy in the middle of the school year, allowing students to talk and text in between classes.
"I don't think relaxing the cellphone policy necessarily resulted in more bad behavior," Wisconsin Rapids Police Department Safety Officer and School Liaison Kasandra Borchardt told NewsChannel 7.
Instead, Officer Borchardt said she sees a real benefit in allowing phones in schools.
"We do have more opportunities to be made aware of instances that students maybe recorded on their cellphones," she explains.
The problem comes when students choose to post what they capture on their phones to social media.
"When they're posting it, it's causing people to talk about it more. It lasts a lot longer and it's really hard for us to get the kids to move on and move past it."
That's exactly the problem Principal Yeske is running into as he works to deescalate the situation. In fact, on Thursday another fight broke out at the school. A fight he attributed to everyone feeling a need to weigh in on the first fight and take sides.
Principal Yeske told NewsChannel 7 30 to 40 percent of his job is to monitor social media for things like this. He adds despite the headache, he still thinks social media is an awesome tool. We just need to teach students how to use it responsibly.
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