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August 31, 2015

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School District looking into another videotaped fight involving students

Footage of incident involving middle school girls near bus stop winds up on Facebook

Clark County School District Police are investigating a videotaped fight that occurred between two middle-school girls last week, officials said Monday.

The video, which surfaced over the weekend on social media, shows a girl pulling another girl's hair and pushing her down against a sidewalk curb moments after the two got off a school bus. A group of schoolchildren could be seen surrounding the two students in the video, which was uploaded to Facebook.

School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said the incident involved students from Faiss Middle School and happened Friday afternoon along the school bus route to the girls' homes. Malone said she had not heard of injuries stemming from the fight.

The two girls — as well as the student who recorded the fight and posted it online — would face disciplinary action at school, Malone said. Officials could not elaborate on what those punishments would be, citing student privacy laws.

"We take these matters very seriously," Malone said. "We don't condone physical violence."

In general, students caught fighting could face suspension, even expulsion from school, Malone said. Furthermore, students could face legal ramifications, such as criminal charges or a civil lawsuit, she added.

This is the latest salvo in a series of Las Vegas school fights caught on tape, the most recent occurring less than two weeks ago.

On Nov. 30, School District police arrested two brothers in connection with a videotaped punching of a special education student. The attackers, ages 13 and 15, were booked into juvenile detention on charges of battery.

In October, a videotape surfaced of a female Chaparral High School student pulling another female student by her hair, punching her more than a dozen times and slamming her head into a hallway wall.

"Kids have always fought," Malone said. "But now, students have the ability to record and document these fights. It brings a whole other element to this."

The School District has several anti-bullying and kindness campaigns in place at its schools in an effort to curb student violence. Students are encouraged to report bullying on the district and school websites.

"We're focusing on anti-bullying efforts because fighting and bullying often go hand in hand," Malone said.

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