Thirty-two Anchorage students suspended for watching fistfight

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thirty-two Service High School students who were videotaped watching or participating in an after-school fight at a nearby park have been suspended. School officials said the number could grow.

Police estimate the Dec. 5 fight drew about 150 spectators. Several students videotaped it or took still pictures as others yelled and cheered.

School officials described the fight between a freshman and a senior as ''vicious and brutal.'' It didn't last much longer than a minute. The younger and smaller boy was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered bruises and knots on his face.

''The bizarre and scary piece is that it was videotaped and there were that many people there,'' said acting Service High principal Pat Podvin.

Every student at the fight is subject to suspension for being an accessory to the act and for disruptive behavior, Podvin said.

A tape ended up in the hands of school administrators after a student was caught trying to copy it at King Career Center.

The boys shown on the tape punching each other have been suspended for nine days, Podvin said. Anchorage police also referred the boys to juvenile authorities on charges of disorderly conduct.

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