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By Jeff Pack

Fight at Great Oak High School causes major disturbance


Last updated 3/7/2019 at 2:42pm

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A fight on Thursday, March 7 on the campus of Great Oak High School caused a major disturbance and injured three students and two campus supervisors.

TEMECULA - A fight on Thursday, March 7 between two Great Oak High School students escalated to involve multiple students and resulted in injuries to three students and two campus supervisors, causing school officials to cut the lunch period short to clear the campus, according to an email sent to parents by GOHS Principal Aimee Ricken.

According to Ricken's email, the pre-planned fight between the two students quickly began to involve more students who joined in the fight and became surrounded by hundreds of students, watching and filming the fight.

Campus supervisors and the Great Oak's School Resource Officer intervened, but the students continued to fight, defying orders. That's when school officials rang the bell to send students to their fifth-period classes.

According to Ricken, three students needed and received medical attention and two campus supervisors were injured in the fracas. She said that despite reports to the contrary, no weapons were involved in the fight.

"Today's incident was very physical and disturbing for our entire campus," Ricken wrote. "I am extremely upset this occurred and that students and staff on our campus were in an unsafe environment. Many of our students escalated today's incident because they prioritized the need to record the activity with their phones or physically pushed themselves to the front of the activity."

Ricken said accommodations were made for students who were not able to obtain lunch and plans were underway to include additional law enforcement and administrative support to be on campus when school lets out for the day.

Law enforcement support, as well as school personnel, will be monitoring Patricia H. Birdsall Park after school hours to mitigate any threat of continuing altercations.

"All students involved in today's incident have been identified by the administration and are being handled through appropriate student discipline protocols," Ricken wrote in the email. "Going forward, we will be working with our on-campus video media team to craft a message and video instructing our students, and reviewing with our students appropriate safety protocols."

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Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

The problem of high school age kids getting into a big fight is a lot less significant than the problem of a failure to respond to proper authority. In fact, the seemingly latter problem actually precedes the former... and that fact represents a much larger modern-day societal problem.


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