VIDEO: U.S. Marine Breaks Up High School Fight Like Only A Marine Can

A U.S. Marine has been criticized for breaking up a fight at Edison High School in Stockton.

Stockton, CA – A fresh-from-boot-camp U.S. Marine has been criticized for breaking up a fight at his high school on Sept. 11 (video below).

U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Josue Valdez Sarmiento, 18, was touring the campus of his former high school with a U.S. Marine Corps recruiter, Sergeant Sean Colosi, when he saw two boys fighting, according to Stars and Stripes.

“He saw a dangerous fight break out,” U.S. Marine Corps Major Thomas E. Driscoll said in a statement. “We recognize Pfc. Valdez Sarmiento’s desire to do the right thing.”

A student who was filming the fight captured the moment when Valdez Sarmiento used a running tackle to knock both combatants to the ground.

The video showed that the marine did not strike either of the boys after he tackled them, but instead, just sat atop them and prevented them from struggling and further attacking one another.

Then Valdez Sarmiento stood up over the boys, and pulled them apart, effectively separating them.

At that point, the video showed two more adults arrived on the scene to help.

A man with a radio at his waist, presumably a school security monitor, grabbed one of the boys and pulled him to his feet and then walked him over to a golf cart, the video showed.

His mission to break up the fight accomplished, Valdez Sarmiento turned and left, the video showed.

He joined another marine wearing camo pants and combat boots and the two walked away together.

The other man bent over the other student who had been fighting.

The video showed the boy was moving but he hadn’t gotten up yet when the video ended.

The video, posted to social media, quickly went viral and parents complained about the force that Valdez Sarmiento used to break up the fight, WWLP reported.

“He put himself in a position he shouldn’t have and he hurt these two kids. Someone like that shouldn’t be allowed on campus,” parent Mario Patino said.

“This is a grown man that’s extremely well-built,” Patino said. “And from the impact that you see, he took down these two kids with no second thought. He just took them down and hurt them and that’s not okay.”

But Maj. Driscoll, who is the commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, said that neither of the students reported any injuries following the incident, according to Stars and Stripes.

The Stockton Unified School District has launched an investigation into the intervention by the new alumnus of the school.

Valdez Sarmiento graduated from Edison High School in 2019 and went directly into the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was just home from boot camp and on campus to assist in recruiting efforts the day he broke up the fight, WWLP reported.

The U.S. Marine Corps is standing behind Valdez Sarmiento.

“He took action to break up the fight,” U.S. Marine Sergeant Jocelyn Ontiveros said. “He wanted to do what was right for the school and stand up against violence. And he’s been mentored and he’s learned from the situation on how to intervene in the future.”

The Marine Corps said that Valdez Sarmiento had been reassigned to office duty and would not longer be interacting with students, WWLP reported.

Watch the incident in the video below:

Comments (108)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Bravo Marine. !!

flybynight
flybynight

Looks like an illegal chokehold to me./s

Justretired
Justretired

Oorah!

Justretired
Justretired

Think he chose the wrong profession, we could've used him against Alabama Saturday. Lol

Aramovich
Aramovich

Maybe the cops should stand back a let the marines handle things. I'd like to see anyone protest a marine!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

good intention, bad execution. there was absolutely no need to tackle them to break up the fight. glad he keeps his career, but he definitely shouldn't be recruiting at that school.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Longer video here, showing more of the fight, and after...

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Heaven forbid we stop the little monsters from becoming big monsters. They have cops to kill in their future.

Keep over protecting and enabling these kids and see what happens.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

They should put that marine on the payroll. I’ll bet he could get their behavior in line. But no, we want our little satan demon children to do what they want without any accountability.

walkintall
walkintall

Stockton is another shit-hole with no redeeming value. A crap-fest of unbelievable proportions. To criticize this American Fighting Man for breaking up a fight is simply unnecessary.

cops-kid
cops-kid

That had to sting

John Chapman
John Chapman

Nicely done Marine. Semper Fidelis.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

He hit them hard but they could have hurt each other more. When will people just walk away and not fight........

dsfgshh
dsfgshh

All you soft idiots complaining the Marine hit them too hard. Bunch of pu$$ies. Semper Fi and proud to call you my brother fellow Marine!

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

Ooh Rah. KUDO'S Marine for a job well done. Semper Fi.

Sailor
Sailor

Good move, Marine. Oorah!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Walk it off, daffodils!! You wanted to act tough, and now you’ve been schooled on it. Probably the only part of your education you’re actually gonna learn from! Devil Dog took care of business....

Mrdan
Mrdan

This is a situation where he was dammed for what he did breaking up the fight & if he stood by & did nothing the parents would be screaming why didn't you break up the fight ?

Cecbpafs
Cecbpafs

What is the problem here? Kudos to the Marine for a well-executed course of action. I guess the complainers would have rather had the two combatants slug it out. Who knows what would have happened if he hadn't interceded. The Marine will make an excellent candidate for law enforcement agencies once he has fulfilled his enlistment.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job Marine

Woodyt
Woodyt

You bunch of cry baby adults looking to sue someone. You should be thanking this guy from preventing injury and for doing your job... parenting, ever hear of it???

bob95648
bob95648

Bravo Zulu, Marine.

MizzV
MizzV

Teach those little punk asses not to act like little bitches, won't it?!

Semper Fi young Marine! Bravo!

We9erfam
We9erfam

Oprah Marine great job !

Storm45
Storm45

AIRBORNE Marine!!!

The candyass parents are the ones to blame. Theses are not “kids”, they are juvenile street thugs without and discipline that have never had consequences for their unacceptable behavior.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

Sounds like parent Mario Patino has lived his life protected by better men....Bravo Zulu to a hard charging young marine who saw a problem and took action to solve it....Sierra Hotel you’ll be Lance Corp Soon....⚓️🔱

C911
C911

These parents are never happy. Should of just handed them a gun and let the two shoot it out. Good job Marine-ignore the idiot adults

Gramercy
Gramercy

Got to loves those marines and their training!

Musicray
Musicray

Should have left them alone to fight it out.. looked like they both were holding their own.. now ones laid up with broken ribs..

Badge204
Badge204

Typical reaction of parents. Of course little johnnie does no wrong. She would be first to say why did no one help if her child died or worse been injured. Oh I KNOW. SUE SOMEONE.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

nice. the marine is fresh out of the bootcamp. he's pumped. he feels like he could take on the whole world. and he taught the pissants how to behave. kudos to the marine and the marine corps.

bronx163
bronx163

What did u expect.

You have a spineless police commissioner

Commie mayor

City public advocate who wears black clinched fist pin saying resists.

You have a city council who denounces the police and defends the robber rapists crack dealer and street savages.

And cops are afraid to take action out of fear of being next Danny Pantaleo.

Cops just let the city burn.

Let the animals take over and destroy the neighborhoods of the gentrified and left wingers.

bronx163
bronx163

Wrong section

thugjager
thugjager

semper fi.........I owe that Marine a free lunch

MeatSpear
MeatSpear

If you had more teachers like Marines ...... children would LEARN!!! And learn respect along with it!

Marinemike0351
Marinemike0351

As a 8 year Marine Vet... I'm not sure how I feel about it... On 1 hand, they learned a valuable lesson here, and he did successfully break up the fight... On the other hand, those kids were about 120 lbs and he could have serious hurt them... He could have stepped between them and they would have walked away scared of him... But they probably wouldn't have learned anything from it. It was excessive, I'm surprised he's not in more trouble.

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Once again the adult teachers & parents are protecting young teens (soon to be adults) who were breaking the rules & a real man came in & broke up the fight! Parents wake up & stop coddling your children. They (teens) were in the wrong for fighting & should be suspended. Also those teen boys are strong & when they're fighting the adrenaline is high & harm is most likely the outcome! So young marin broke up the fight knowing exactly what could have happened, being 18 & having completed HS there. He more than parents knows exactly what it takes to stop fights! Common sense folks!

WRB
WRB

Good Job Marine. Taught those little ruffians not to fight on school grounds, to respect school rules. If he wanted to hurt them he would have. this is what we in the Marine Corps call "an attention getter". Also - 15% of the graduating class will probably join the Marines. LOL! Well done L/Cpl.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

That so-called parent is an idiot!

Woobie46
Woobie46

Beauty ... LOve this one!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Ouch. I support the military, and one side of me likes his enthusiasm. But the other side … he wasn't there for that. He was there as a recruiter. It's not like he took down a shooter or something. He meant well, but yikes. Could he be charged with assaulting a minor or something like that? Hopefully not.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

And the parents were complaining about a use of force? Never once did I see him raise a hand to these little darlings!

M.N.
M.N.

Uhhh!!! Such a strong Marine man..they should press charges on his ass, these were little punk ass teens/kids..

norcalman
norcalman

i live here in the stockton area. edison high school has the worst of the cities kids. these kids are not kids they are animals . these are all the fresh new faces of crime .

InService
InService

The word Marine, when used to describe a United States Marine, is a proper noun (read the following in R. Lee Ermey’s voice) AND AS SUCH SHOULD ALWAYS BEGIN WITH A CAPITAL LETTER YOU USELESS BUNCH OF PANTYWASTE CIVILIANS!!! GET IT RIGHT OR NEXT TIME I WILL RIP OFF YOUR HEAD AND CRAP DOWN YOUR NECK. 😂😂😂

Good to see the USMC has this Devildog’s back... I half expected an NJP in the works.

FR though BlueLives, get your grammar straight.

Fighting4u
Fighting4u

Good job Marine!! Liberal ahole parents....

Irish7
Irish7

Showed way too much force. This was just a couple of punk kids fist fighting. They didn't have guns or knives. This marine acted like he was storming the beaches at Okinawa. He could have caused damage to that kids back with the force he was hit with! They don't even pull that shit in football! When I was growing up this is how we settled things with our fist. When I was that age my parents told me to defend myself win or loose and that's what I've told my son. Now people are sticking up with this gung-ho marine because he tackled two "dangerous menaces to society" because they were fist fighting. What's this country come too!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

That's probably the first physical discipline those two little jerks ever received. I'll bet they will think about it the next time.

alicefae
alicefae

I bet they thought the wrath of God had rained down on them. Hahahaha. Good for the marine.