VIDEO: Cops Fighting Teen Goes Viral, But Superintendent And Chief Back Officers

The police chief defended the officers and said the fight was "spiraling out of control" when they intervened.

Hazelton, PA – The police chief is defending officers caught on video holding a female student face-down on a cafeteria table on Monday (video below).

Hazelton Area School District Police Chief Ed Harry told WBRE that a high school fight was “spiraling out of control” on Feb. 11 when officers intervened.

A mob of students was cheering on two girls involved in a fight, Chief Harry said.

The video began as officers were attempting to get one of the students under control.

Two security officers were attempting to restrain a 15-year-old girl while a Hazelton Area School District police officer hit her in the leg.

The police officer continued to try to subdue the student, pushing her face down onto the cafeteria table and holding her down by her hair, the video showed.

The video also showed another female student being led away, according to WBRE.

Other students can be seen and heard screaming at and physically pushing the police officers during the 55-second video clip.

Parents responded with outrage after they saw the video clip that was posted to social media by the student who filmed it, but the police chief Aand the school superintendent were quick to put the kibosh on their complaints.

“They only saw just a very small portion of what went on and they didn’t see anything about what led up to it,” Chief Harry told WBRE. “At that point, the officers had to get that under control immediately you could see from that snippet of video there were hundreds of kids in that cafeteria. They were are all cheering her on… yelling and screaming, and they needed to de-escalate that.”

Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Brian Uplinger said parents should get both sides of the story before reacting to the video clip.

"It’s important to know there are always two sides to every story and it's really important for parents and students and community members to get both sides of those stories before going to social media,” Uplinger told WBRE.

Police said as least four students are facing criminal charges and expulsion as a result of the melee.

You can see video from the incident below:

Comments (37)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

If she want's to fight like a man, TREAT HER LIKE ONE. Nuff Said

mauiisl
mauiisl

Cheer leading tryouts at Feral Hi.

JBo
JBo

School, huh? Tomorrow's leaders. God help us all.

Katarina
Katarina

This looked like a prison riot, not a school!

Betsy Shane
Betsy Shane

The students do not give respect to police officers and this is the problem and so wrong! The parents of these out of control kids need some parenting classes really bad! Probably tooooo late bunch of wantabe bad kids !!!

Betsy Shane
Betsy Shane

Heaven help us and our good students in the future !!

Righton17
Righton17

Parents are outraged at the police? So what else is new? These parents didn't raise good, decent future adults, they raised nothing but trouble for others to have to deal with and are likely just as bad themselves. Get a damn grip.

Righton17
Righton17

We all know where these kids are headed.

Blackwolf1
Blackwolf1

Bunch of disrespectful animals. THERE IS NO STEREOTYPING, CUZ THIS IS HOW THEY ACT.

Grog
Grog

Age means nothing. Being a teenager does not give these brats a free pass! As far as the "outraged" parents go, well, you idiots raised these brats!!!!

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Kids actions reflect on the parents teachings.

Angel0467
Angel0467

so she want to act like she is grown, yet whey they treat her like she is grown she wants to cry. Parents need to stop being their kids friends and start being parents again. Spank that butt. My 13 year old tried to punch me once, thought they were grown. They got punched like an adult and never tried that again

UhO5O
UhO5O

I guess from personal experience it always prompts a bit of pity for the parents of these kids. I mentioned personal experience. I have four kids, 3 boys and 1 girl. The two oldest are fraternal twin boys. They look nothing alike. If both of them had acted like the first twin all would have been well but if they both had behaved like the second born I would be afraid to guess the insanity that would have occurred. There is no way in hell that boy's behavior is our fault! NONE!! Especially not when the other three were absolutely awesome kids. I hated to see them m ove out. But the demon...we had a party on his 18th birthday. He wasn't invited. It wasn't a birthday party. It was a he's outta here party. We had a blast. He is a narcissistic psychopath. That's nothing we did. I'm not disputing some parents are worthless. They are steady out there producing what I call throw away kids. My only point is it isn't always the parents fault. It

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

The only reason cops are in schools is to get the kids into the system earlier so they can spend more time in jail

javaguy
javaguy

Future dumbocrats

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Cops do what they need to do when they need to do it. It may not always be pretty but in this case, they stopped the fight.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The animals, the animals, trapped, trapped, trapped til the cage is full.....

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

But my child is such a good one.lol..like mom n dad.looking for a free ride. Im gonna sue n make me some easy money cuz these demonrats will give me money cuz u abused my good kid. Im SICK of it. No respect for anybody anymore. Demonrats are idiots n ruining our country. Who wants to b a cop anymore? Why would you? To be disrespected n threatened daily? Nope..where is our country headed thanks to these thugs?

NickyJ
NickyJ

It is about time some would support the police

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

If I close my eyes while listening to this video, I would think I was listening to a prison riot scene in a movie, not a real-life high school cafeteria.

bronx163
bronx163

Let it all burn. Pull the cops out of school. The streets and so on. Give the public 2 days of no police services. Every town village and city will look like end of days. Then they will beg for the sheepdogs to save them.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Heathen Ghetto High!! Where you learn to be the scum of the earth!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I predicted the combatants before even watching the video. Like feral animals. Act like human beings and you won't have to have your head held down by your weave.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

From a 55 second video, no one can pass judgement on these officers. I wonder why the other actual fight videos weren't released onto the web so the parents could see their little ones acting out in an aggressive manner? Well, they probably would have cheered their little babies on anyhow....

slo1942
slo1942

Just SAVAGES DOING WHAT savages do !!!!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Play stupid games! Win stupid prizes!

dirtgrey
dirtgrey

That mob mentality is learned early in life nowadays. It is becoming the norm instead of the exception.