Students who are caught recording student
fights, such as this one uploaded to
youtube.com, face suspension.
Students who record fights on their cellphones or other video device will face suspension just like those fighting will, according to a new school rule recently announced.
On January 30, Mr. Don Montoya, principal of James Logan High School, came on the PA System to address the school in order to review the school rules, as he does at the beginning of every semester.
After covering the rules about headgear and electronics, Montoya described the recent increase in school fights and violence and made it clear that he sees this as disrespectful activity.
“The whole thing was nothing new,” said Michael Sanchez, a junior. “I had heard it all before.”
Then Montoya announced that he recently discovered that certain students were recording these fights with cell phones and other electronics and then posting them on the website YouTube.com. He then revealed that he had created a new rule to confront this developing problem head-on.
He told the students and staff of Logan High that the rule would prohibit any and all recordings of fights to be posted on YouTube.com and would immediately suspend them.
When asked how many days the students would be suspended, Montoya said, “Each case is unique. It all depends on if [the postings] lead to further violence at school.”
Mr. Montoya added that the YouTube postings “create a hostile environment and could potentially lead to further confrontations at school and possibly egging on those who were involved.”
Two students have already been suspended for two separate incidents.