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Social media video shows brutal fight at Bear Valley Middle School in Escondido

Posted at 2:38 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 09:37:01-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Video of a brutal fight in front of Bear Valley Middle School circulated through social media, alarming parents.

The Escondido Union School District said the incident happened more than a week ago, and was an hour and a half after school was dismissed.

In the video a large girl in a black Santa Cruz sweatshirt started punching a slight girl in a maroon sweatshirt, swinging her around to the ground and continuing to punch her until others jumped in.

10News reached out to the district for a comment:

The Escondido Union School District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students. To that end, we provide supervision both before and after school.

Unfortunately, this incident occurred an hour and a half after dismissal. We are thankful for the individuals who were in the parking lot who acted swiftly in response. The incident, which occurred more than a week ago, was investigated and appropriate corrective action was taken.

We urge all parents to assist us in making sure children are picked up promptly after dismissal. If an emergency arises and you are having difficulty picking up your child, please contact the school office so we can assist.
Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra Superintendent, Escondido Union School District

Mother Elizabeth Jesus-Gonzalez was shocked when she saw the video, then overwhelmed with sadness. She has two sons who are students, one attending Bear Valley Middle School. He said he recognized the girl in the maroon sweater as a 7th grader, and saw her at lunch Friday.

The girl in the black sweatshirt attends a different school in the district.