Video Of School Fight Sparks Investigation

OLIVEHURST, Calif. (CBS13) – An online video showing a fight between two girls on the last day of school has sparked investigations from school officials and the Sheriff’s department.

The 27 second video shows two teen girls throwing punches on the last day of class at Yuba Gardens Intermediate School last week.

When one of the girls, 14-year-old Chelsi Branham, turned around to pick up her cell phone off the ground, the other girl continued attacking, knocking Branham to the ground while striking and kicking her repeatedly.

Several other girls, including the camera operator who uploaded the clip to YouTube, stood by filming the fight and made no effort to intervene. When a spectator told the attacking teen that Branham wasn’t fighting back, the girl said, “I don’t give a f— if she ain’t fighting.”

Branham said she suffered a concussion and a face contusion during the brawl.

The video spread through social networking sites and racked up hundreds of views before YouTube pulled it down for violating their terms of service.

“Everyone’s just like, I heard you got your ass kicked,” Chelsi said.

The fight came after months of taunting over false rumors that Chelsi had two abortions, she said, and some of her tormentors kept calling her a killer and a murderer. Chelsi said she believes the fight took place on the last day of school so her attackers wouldn’t get in trouble.

Marsyville Joint Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Ramiro Carreon said officials hadn’t heard about the fight until CBS13 asked about it, and called the footage “absolutely disturbing.”

The hospital doctors who treated Chelsi called authorities to report the attack, and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said they are now investigating the fight. The teen suspect could face a misdemeanor or felony charge if authorities conclude an assault took place.

School officials said those responsible for the fight may be expelled and other students could face punishment for bullying.


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