About 80 students involved in brawl with police at Calif. high school

Several students tried to pull an officer off a student who was resisting arrest, causing a brawl with about 80 students, police and staff

Nicholas Filipas
The Record, Stockton, Calif.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Bear Creek High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after as many as 80 students were involved in a physical altercation with police as they detained one student for fighting with staff.

An unruly student was reported to have been uncooperative and fighting school staff and a school resource officer about 10:46 a.m. at the campus, located at 10555 Thornton Road in north Stockton.

When Stockton police arrived to detain the subject, the student instead resisted and the commotion drew the attention of about 80 other students, authorities said.

Cellphone video of the incident that circulated on social media showed several students trying to pull an officer off the juvenile and throwing objects.

As more police officers responded, they were reportedly struck by several students, and a garbage can was thrown at authorities and school staff, according to the report.

The rowdy student was eventually detained and had to be escorted off campus due to the size of the crowd, officers said.

Lodi Unified officials said in a statement that in an abundance of caution, Bear Creek High was placed on lockdown for several minutes before it was lifted.

Police said no officers, school staff or students were injured in the brawl. The original disruptive student was cited for resisting arrest.

In the same statement, the district said it will continue to work closely with police as they conduct their investigation.


©2019 The Record (Stockton, Calif.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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