YouTube video of teens’ fight leads to charges

Two Grand Junction High School students were ticketed by police after video of an after-school fight between them turned up on YouTube.

The boys, 16 and 17, were cited on suspicion of disorderly conduct after Grand Junction police were called to the school by Assistant Principal Meghan Herman, who learned of the online video Wednesday around 10 a.m.

Officers gleaned what they needed in the investigation simply by watching the video of the incident the day before at Sherwood Park.

“The fight was stopped once and (name redacted by police) got up off the ground and started fighting again,” a summons said.

A third party, who told police he attended the fight, said an unspecified dispute between the combatant boys started early Tuesday in the hallways of Grand Junction High School. He said he intervened to break up the Sherwood Park fight “when it became one sided.”

One of the fighting boys watched the video with an officer and confirmed “it was the correct video showing him fighting (other boy),” the summons said.

Names and other details were removed by police in the copy of the report released on Saturday to The Daily Sentinel.

The summons did not indicate who filmed the fight or posted it online.


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