9 Bartram students suspended after fight

Posted: April 04, 2014

THE HITS just keep on coming at Bartram High School - literally.

Two weeks after a longtime school staffer was knocked unconscious by a student, nine students were suspended Tuesday following a fight in the cafeteria captured in a video that went viral, officials said.

Cellphone video of the fight, which involved several girls, was posted on social media with the title, "Another day in Bartram high school." The roughly 90-second video shows several students punching and kicking one another as at least two school police officers try to break up the fight in front of dozens of onlookers.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard said one student suffered a bump on the head and another was scratched in the face. He called the video "shocking."

The school, on 67th Street near Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philly, has been in the news since a conflict-resolution specialist suffered a fractured skull in an assault on March 21, the same week two teachers were injured. Last week, the school was briefly placed on lockdown following a fight in the cafeteria.

In response to the spate of violence, Gallard said, longtime educator Ozzie Wright has been placed there as vice principal to focus on climate and safety, along with four additional police officers. The school will implement practices aimed at reducing violence and building relationships among students, staff and parents.

"We have to reach out to students and get them to understand this type of behavior is not normal and not something we will tolerate," Gallard said. "It's just something that should not occur in schools."


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