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Chaparral High School attack stuns students, officials

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 10/24/2012 6:59 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A violent video shows a female Chaparral High School student pulling another female student by her hair to the ground, then punching her more than a dozen times, even slamming her head into a wall.

An anonymous viewer sent the video to News 3 in an email.

She said her granddaughter, also a student at Chaparral, saw the video on Facebook.

In the email, the viewer said the same day the attack video appeared on Facebook, her granddaughter had stayed home from school because she was afraid of getting “jumped” by the same alleged bully.

After seeing the video, some Chaparral students told News 3 they understand that fear.

“That's scary,” said Erica Campos, a senior at Chaparral High School.

“More than just an average fight,” said Abraham Hernandez, a freshman at Chaparral High School. “That’s crazy.”

Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson said the attack happened Friday on campus.

“What I witnessed in that video that I saw truly sickens me,” said Wilson.

Wilson said by law he could not give specifics as to what kind of punishment the girl responsible may have received.

He did say immediate action was taken.

“I can't talk specifically about students, but I can tell you that in this sort of a situation, immediate steps are taken for students,” said Wilson. “Number one, they are trespassed from the campus; they're not allowed to be on campus. Number two, they're generally expelled from our School District, which means they'll never be able to come back to our school, and number three, they face criminal charges.”

Students News 3 spoke with said expulsion in a fight so severe is typical.

However, they said it is happening less with increased discipline and bullying education at the school.

“It's not as bad this year,” said Campos.

“I mean I think a few fights are unavoidable,” said Chaparral sophomore Francis Judilla.

Wilson said what happened in the video was not quite bullying.

“That was more of an attack,” Wilson said. “That wasn't as much bullying when I look at that.”

He did say, however, that it is unacceptable for any student to be afraid to come to school.

Both Chaparral High School and the Clark County School District ask parents and students to report any incidents of bullying or violence, so action can be taken.

There have been times when parents and students told News 3 they did not get results when they reported bullying, to which CCSD responded that they are actively working to stop bullying.
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