IDAHO FALLS — Three students have been disciplined after a video showing a fight in the halls of Thunder Ridge High School went viral.
Thunder Ridge sophomore Preslie Bauer was at school during her lunch hour Oct. 4 when three girls approached her and allegedly tried to fight, said Aubree Tinoco, Preslie’s mother.
“These girls were making fun of my daughter’s eyebrows. And my daughter was going crazy about it, and they were trying to get her to go fight them in the school locker room because there are no cameras,” Tinoco explains. “My daughter said to me, ‘I’m not going to fight you. I don’t want to fight you.'”
Later that day, when school was over, Tinoco says the three girls waited outside Preslie’s classroom to catch her as she left.
“They were waiting for her outside her classroom, and my daughter came out, and these girls went and grabbed her backpack, and they missed her, and they grabbed her by the hair and pulled her away. pulled to the ground,” says Tinoco.
The video went viral on social media over the weekend and was donated to EastIdahoNews.com by the family. In the video, a girl is seen pulling Preslie to the ground by the hair. The girl then swings towards her, repeatedly hitting her in the head.
“(One of the girls) pulled her to the ground and started hitting her in the face and head. Another girl knocked a drink on her and there were a lot of kids standing around,” explains Tinoco “Nobody was helping him. Everyone was just standing there, recording him.”
In the video, Preslie then gets up and shoves one of his attackers, before being punched in the head and falling to the ground, before the video ends.
According to Tinoco, one of the girls was suspended from school for five days, another was suspended for four days, and she does not know what the consequences were for the third girl.
Bonneville Joint School District 93 spokesman Phil Campbell said they have a no-tolerance policy for bullying and appropriate action has been taken.
“The students were all disciplined. We have a school of 1,700 students and unfortunately things like this will happen, but we really have no tolerance for that,” Campbell says. “These students have been dealt with and the proper political channels have been followed, but we really discourage this kind of behavior, and when it happens, we will seek justice.”
Bauer was taken to hospital by her mother after the attack. She suffered a bruised lip, bruising along her hairline, a swollen and bruised forehead and bumps on her head.
Tincoco says they are working with the police to bring charges against the attacking students. As they are minors, no information about the case is publicly available.
“I just want people to teach their kids kindness,” Tinoco says. “And if you see someone being bullied or beaten up, just step in and help, or go tell someone and get help. Don’t just sit, watch and record.
If you think your child is being bullied, contact your school resource officer or call the police.