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Seven East High students arrested after campus fights

KHSD says two fights were unrelated
Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 08:10:26-04

(UPDATE 6:40 PM) Several students from East Bakersfield High School were arrested on Thursday after two fights broke out on campus, according to the Kern High School District.

The two fights were unrelated, according to KHSD spokesperson Lisa Krch. 

Seven students were arrested by KHSD Police.

One fight was recorded and the behavior shown is "clearly unacceptable," Krch said.

A graphic video has been circulating social media that appears to show a student being jumped and assaulted by a group of other students. The post claims the student suffered a broken neck and was hospitalized, but that has not been confirmed by KHSD. 

KHSD cannot confirm that video is one of the fights that happened Thursday. The condition of the student who appears to be assaulted is unknown.

KHSD said the incident has been investigated and appropriate student discipline will be implemented. The district cannot comment on student discipline due to FERPA laws protecting the individual right of students, Krch said.

Amanda Severni's two sons attend East Bakersfield High School and watched the video Friday morning. 

"It's brutal, I don't know if these kids have been expelled, they should be expelled." said Severni. 

Severni feels the school lacks appropriate security and that administration isn't doing enough to protect students. 

Social media rumors started Friday afternoon suggesting the student who appeared injured in the video died, however Krch confirmed he is alive and at home. 

23ABC reached out to the school to find out about it's security procedures, but the school has yet to respond.