Police crack down on teens filming school fight

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Video of a teenage girl being attacked by another student has made the rounds online. Now it’s not just the alleged attacker who’s facing charges.

Late last month, Rio Rancho Police say a Cleveland High School student was jumped by another teen between classes. According to a police report, the girl was punched, slapped and knocked to the ground before security broke up the fight.

Her alleged attacker was charged with battery, but it wasn’t long before the victim realized she was also being victimized online.

“It ended up coming out that the fight had actually been filmed using cellphones,” said Officer Janet Garcia with Rio Rancho Police. “It’s something that keeps getting relived over and over again, and it gets shared. It can be traumatizing.”

Police say video of the fight was posted on Facebook and shared over texts. They tracked down the two who filmed it, charging one with accessory to battery and another with disorderly conduct.

Punishing students for filming and posting these videos isn’t unheard of in the Rio Rancho School District, where students who do so can be suspended.

Rio Rancho Police say a crackdown on these actions is pretty new for the department, and it’s not going to stop.

“It’s the last thing we want happening,” Garcia said. “By sharing it, it feeds into it and it gets more embellished. It gets bigger.”

KRQE News 13 spoke with the mother of one of the girls who was charged after filming the fight. She said her daughter didn’t realize she could face charges.

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