The Oakland Unified School District is getting extra administrators to help calm the riotous environment after video of a violent brawl between a middle school girl and a substitute teacher recently surfaced.
Captured on a cellphone sometime before winter break (the date is not specified), a parent gave the video to local CBS affiliate KPIX-TV last week.
It begins with the teacher attempting to dismiss the 8th grade girl from the class for presumed bad behavior.
“Get your butt out of here,” he says, following her to the door to the sounds of “Oooh!” from others in the class.
The two then briefly exit the door and the sounds of a scuffle emerge.
Soon the teacher reappears in the classroom, trying to quickly shut the door behind him to prevent the girl from coming back in. Something blocks it from closing, and when the teacher opens the door he raises his leg in a low kick to prevent her from coming back in.
He fails, and she starts throwing punches.
The teacher then grabs a desk as an improvised sword and shield combo, both blocking the girl’s fists and trying to push her out using its legs.
The two proceed to scream at each other, though very little of the dialogue is intelligible because of all the bleeps.
Watch the stunning video, below:
According to WPIX, this is far from the only fight at the 360-student school in East Oakland, called Alliance Academy. Jose Barajas, an eighth grader, told them there was recently a “riot.”
He described how he hid under a desk when “they destroyed the whole classroom.” He continued: “They broke the desk. They threw the computers on the floor.”
In this case, the substitute was not disciplined, but the student no longer goes to the school.
The recent $3 million federal School Improvement Grant the school received appears to have done little to improve the situation, and teachers and administrators are crying out for more help.
One teacher said she has a student in her class who (understandably) gets “crying scared” during the altercations.
“They shouldn’t have to worry about being safe,” Kashmir Hyder told WPIX. “You should never feel that at school.”