More Anchorage students suspended for watching fight

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An additional 43 Service High School students were suspended Wednesday for watching a fight last week that left a boy unconscious and bruised.

That brings the total number of students suspended in the wake of the incident to 75 and school officials say more suspensions are likely.

The fight between a high school senior and a freshman took place about a mile from the school It was videotaped as some 150 students watched. Administrators identified students from the videotape.

Police are also investigating at least two other videotaped fights involving students that attracted spectators.

School officials said the planned fights, and the fact that students are drawn to watch them, mark a disturbing new trend.

''All we can do is wonder why it is happening,'' said Cynthia McCray, acting secondary education supervisor for the district. ''Something is going on.''

The district is re-evaluating programs designed to teach students how to resolve conflict without fighting.

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