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Albany High Student Fight Posted on YouTube

A video of the fight, which took place Tuesday or Wednesday, was posted on YouTube, then subsequently removed.

Several parents reached out to Albany Patch this week with questions about a fight between female students earlier this week that was posted on YouTube then later removed. 

The video, entitled "minnie was going wild," was posted May 30 by a user calling him- or herself "teetee andreson." It received nearly 400 views before it was taken down.

A message from YouTube remained in its place: "This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube's Terms of Service."

The fight, and video, resulted in numerous posts by students on Twitter.

"That was ... ridiculous," wrote one student. A friend replied, "not to be mean but i died when i watched it."

Another Twitter user said the fight took place in a hallway at .

Parents said the fight took place Tuesday or Wednesday.

A parent familiar with the case said a senior girl was attacked after leaving her class on the third floor. The assailant's "gang" reportedly recorded the fight, and stopped other students from interrupting it. 

The victim received injuries to her head and face, and, according to parents, was taken away from school by ambulance. 

"Light needs to be shed on AHS and the administration that turns a blind eye to bullying/beatings by the students," the parent wrote. "AHS has had problems with accepting that bullying actually happens on campus."

In May, another parent reached out to Albany Patch about a fight at that left her child injured. She expressed frustration about the response by school officials, and said it had been difficult to get information about her child's case from the school district. 

Administrators are limited about what they can say about such circumstances due to confidentiality laws involving minors.

Albany Patch has requested additional information about Tuesday's fight from officials and the .

How do you see bullying and violence in Albany schools? Does the district handle such cases adequately? Please tell us in the comments.

If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

Jean McAneny June 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I agree with Ross. Either criminal charges or a day in the stocks for everyone involved.
Mr Eous June 02, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Call me naive, but I can't see how students who have gone through the AUSD system from elementary school through to high school could be a part of this "thug" culture. It's not PC to say it, but it comes from outside. The students involved should be immediately expelled.
JW June 02, 2012 at 03:43 PM
It's ironic that two students say they are unaware of bullying at AHS while the sidebar of this article shows 10 other articles about bullying in ASD. That said, I agree with Mr. Eous - if the students involved in this assault are out of district, they should be expelled from ASD. Perhaps ASD should be having workshops on gangs and hazing as well as bullying.
sydney June 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
its sad that there was bulling at the high school. well it happens 1 or 2 times in high school.
Max Lisch June 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Well I believe that even though it is true that there is the occasional bullying incident, there are no gangs and there is little to no hazing. This is coming from me, a freshman at albany high, so I ask you: Even though I don't see everything that goes on at my school (there are over a thousand students) if there was a huge bullying problem, I should see some if not a lot of bullying around me everyday? And to clarify, I don't. Secondly, If you were to expel students that are out of district for one thing and not expel other students for the same thing, this does not sound right to me. Just because they are out of district does not mean that the should be treated differently. Also if you JW had any idea what goes on at my school. you would know that freshman year we have a class called "IHS" this stands for identity health and society. This class is a lot like an all year workshop where we learn about bullying, bullying prevention and many other topics, but we did spend more then a month on bullying. Also as a side note, it's not ironic, it just proves that many of those articles are wrong, because either I am lying or these are articles have completely over exaggerated the bullying problem.
Max Lisch June 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I'm not arguing that these students should not be punished, I just believe that they should all be punished fairly, regardless of where they live.
Elizabeth Kreter-Killian June 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The horrifying thing was the fact that everyone was watching the video, and talking about it. I heard some people laughing about it, most did not show sympathy.
Student June 03, 2012 at 11:33 PM
This has nothing to do with race or out of district or in district. Although the adults in Albany think they know whats going on in our lives, it's almost as if you guys are all blind and only see what you want to see. As a junior at Albany, I know almost everyone involved when theres an incident whether it's this assault, or the weed brownies, or the shirtless waterballoon boys, or kids drunk at graduation. So let me clarify some things: 1)This wasnt an on going bullying thats happening in albany. It was all over a guy, who was going out with one and making out with the other. 2) This was not "gang activity". She wasnt jumped, or threatend. In high school, no matter where youre from, when something like this happens especially if its a girl vs another girl people gather around and watch or take videos. Not to humiliate anyone, but because its intriguing. I've seen the video and I know both the girls involved. The senior who was assaulted had no idea this was about to happen, and was probably in a state of shock. Everyone in the hallway assumed it was a regular girl verbal fight and everyone wanted to watch the drama. NO ONE expected it to get this out of hand. 3) You all make it sound like the kids in albany didn't feel any sympathy and laughed and dont see what a big deal it is but in reality EVERYONE cares. If you read the senior's FB wall there are encouraging, nice, supportive notes from people of all grades, whether they previously knew her or not.
Damon Lisch June 04, 2012 at 12:28 AM
It sounds to me as if the actual students at AHS are being a lot more intelligent and measured in their responses to this than the adults. We should be proud of them.
Jack Osborne June 04, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Good post, Student. Thanks for stepping up.
Tamsen June 04, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Dawn, I agree that action needs to be taken, but sending the student to another school is sending your problem to my child's school! Would Albany like to take a child who was kicked out of Berkeley High for an assault?
Cordy Driussi June 04, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Oh, fantastic, please post this comment on the other article concerning this--the adults arguing over there can't get everything you just said through their heads. It's escalating and opinions are blending with facts and it's getting completely out of hand.
Max Lisch June 04, 2012 at 04:22 AM
From what I have read so far it is already out of hand. Many of the comments have blamed those who are not involved for this isolated incident and blown the bullying problem far out of proportion.
Max Lisch June 04, 2012 at 04:26 AM
So you know, I have many friends who are out of distric, and I'm not saying this represents all of the out of district kids but they are exactly the same as all the other students. Where they live is not even relivent. Also thank you for listening to the students who have been posting, I feel like a lot of people have been ignoring what is said.
Damon Lisch June 04, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I totally agree, Kati. It sounds like many of the adults want to show that either "gangs" of (probably minority) kids from the outside are spreading mayhem, or "our" kids are really far worse than we imagined. In reality, I think they are pretty good kids doing a pretty good job of growing up in a very confusing time. My son, who is a freshman at AHS, is totally bemused by the degree of freek-out displayed by many adults over an isolated and relative rare incident. Maybe we should just calm down a little and talk to our kids about what they think is going on.
Brian Parsley June 04, 2012 at 04:34 AM
That is a excellent idea, Cordy. I think most have used this as a opportunity to bash out of district students rather than looking at the incident for what it was, a assault that clearly got out of control.
Max Lisch June 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Brian, I have noticed that when ever anything bad happeneds at Albany schools, out of district students are blamed. Last year, when there was the pot brownies problem they were also blamed. I understand why people want to blame them but I don't understand how they can when the out of district kids are obviously not to blame. I might be naive but I just don't see how people can justify it.
Brian Parsley June 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
My guess Max is we adults invest so much time and money into Albany Schools that when an incident like this occurs a scapegoat must be found. It couldn't be our child or our neighbors child so it must be one of "those" out of district children. There is also the powerful property value fear factor. Adults pay outrageous sums of money for tiny houses so their children can go to a "good" school. When that is threatened they tend to lash out and out of district students, minorities, even UC Village children who live in the district are targets.
Peggy McQuaid June 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I think it is important to remember the prejudices against "out of district" children did not start recently. That attitude has been around for many years. Albany also had a strong tradition of the "wrong side of the tracks" when the train ran through town - under the current Bart tracks. We are maturing as a community - however it is uncomfortably slow.
jady danner June 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Also on the other thread: Sharenow doesn't live in Albany or have children attending Albany schools. He is obsessively against the AUSD in every way and in every thing but has never given disclosure on why. He can sound reasonable, but his conclusions are often not factual. Take what he says with a major grain of salt. I have children in AUSD and support its new approach to out of district transfers (first come, first served), embrace the diversity this brings and think it makes for a far better school experience, support the district trying to make the most of the state daily funding (ADA) so it doesn't end up facing more severe cutting from less ADA; think the discussion of race and transfer status on a story about a school fight is deplorable and irrelevant. Shame on Anna for starting it. What is sad is that so many here took the racism bait. Ms. Peggy had it right with her first comment. By the way, fights are common at urban middle and high schools, which doesn't mean they are OK, far fewer in Albany than surrounding schools; teens video every moment, nothing new here; district handled this fight appropriately from what I can tell. Firsthand experience that the district addresses/teaches about bullying and conflict resolution starting in elementary school, all the way through. Finally, parenting, media, peers, society influence teen behavior. Teachers and counselors strive to help kids navigate. As they already are, I am certain, in this situation.
MineYours June 05, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I do not condone fighting in any way shape or form BUT the way this story is being reported is with a lot of discrepancies and completely bias. This was a one on one fight. To say the attacker was with her “gang” is completely untrue and very racial. The kids that are being called “the gang” are Black and Hispanic and some of these kids only know the attacker at school. Then to say that these kids were all recording the fight and blocking people from stopping it is an outright lie. My son was shown the video by a Caucasian boy who stood there recording the fight in its entirety. The girl that was attacked is riding on stories like these and playing victim to the highest degree. Shortly after the fight, the victim was on the internet calling her attacker names like c*nt, b*tch, etc. In my opinion that is taunting and combative behavior yet to the media she is afraid. The reason this story is gaining so much attention is because the victim is Caucasian and the attacker is Hispanic. This is not about me, an Albany Patch reader, playing the race card; this is about stating a fact. Last year a Hispanic girl was jumped by three girls who continuously punched and kicked her, yet the Albany Patch did not report on her story nor did the Albany police take action. The travesty in all of this is the fact that AHS does not display equality amongst the students. We can’t deny that this girl was beat up but the way this story is being exaggerated is appalling!
JW June 05, 2012 at 01:56 AM
"Shortly after the fight..." Most people agree this was not a fight, this was an attack. According to most accounts, the girl who was attacked did not hit back, therefore this was not a fight. And what words should the victim use to describe her attacker? Nice, friendly terms? You are not being reasonable.
s.rochelle June 05, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I totally agree with Damon Lisch and MineYours. This is just another expample of the rampant and ongoing racism in the city and school district. The girl who was attacked first posted on FB she thought she was going to die then said she was fine. She is milking a minor altercation for all its worth and getting a lot of attention because she is white. If it had been a black girl no one would have cared. Lastly, I'm surprised how much attention this incident is getting. Don't you all have anything better to do?
Student June 05, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Its funny that most of the adults are still ignoring the comments that are proving their opinions and racist thoughts wrong. We live in the bay area which is often praised for its openminded and diverse attitude. Its a shame to see the bubble many albany parents seem to live in. We as a community arent here to judge and blame, but to deal with whatever situation and handle it with class doing whatever we can to help our small city. My thoughts go out to both girls and I hope they both overcome this incident, learn their mistakes, and move on with their lives in a peaceful happy way.
Ross Stapleton-Gray June 05, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I think it's largely a product of fear, and not just an Albany problem. A lot of longstanding expectations have changed (ask your parents, @student, how their expectations for a job after school or college, a generation ago, compare with what they see you facing), and there's all too often a tendency to look for simple explanations, and to lash out at "the other." AHS students staged a great production of "The Crucible" last year... Miller's play wasn't just a historical drama about Salem, but something more fundamental, showing how communities can be wrenched by fear. The house next door to us was just bought by a single dad and an about-to-enroll-in-kindergarten kid, and I'm looking forward to welcoming them to the neighborhood, and offering to explain what the heck a "letter page" is, and why he'll be hearing about "early birds" and "late birds" in a year. And the kids in that kindergarten class, wherever they're from, are going to get a good education.
MineYours June 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
@JW...it saddens me that the only thing you can debate is the fact that I called it a fight - another confirmation that my words about AHS’s prejudices are true. What about minority student who have been attacked? Explain WHY AHS does not take action to this degree? For this Albany reporter to call these kids her "gang" is slander. These people (including parents) don't even know the story yet have so much to say. The students being called gang members and being bundled into this girl being attacked by "ONE" student are also victims. Do these people realize if this were a gang situation, the victim would have been jumped and beat severely. To my knowledge 6 out of the 7 kids live in Albany and at least 5 of the kids were friendly with both the attacker and the victim. I respect the student who posted (named Student) the truth - this attack was over the victim dating the attacker's boyfriend and that no other students were involved in this. The student who posted this said she/he is friends with both girls, which clearly shows that she/he is not taking sides but rather stating facts. Did the victim deserve to get beat up because she does inappropriate things with another girl’s boyfriend - NO absolutely not. The problem I have is with the way this story is written and the way AHS is blaming other students. AHS will leap through hoops for Caucasian students who are victimized but will take minimal action to protect Black and Hispanic students. It’s disgusting!
MineYours June 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
@s.rochelle....thank you! We are not saying the attack is right but what we are saying is this child, her family, AHS, the District and the police are milking this situation. The fact that the 6 other students who were suspended are all minorities (3 black males, 1 hispanic female, 1 hispanic/white female, 1 black/asian female), tells a story about AHS's discrimination. They are purposely lumping these kids into this fight. I heard this story was on the news. WTH is really going on here!
Lalala June 06, 2012 at 02:24 AM
AHS talks about "equality" "diversity" and "Protecting students" but little has been done to protect Hispanics and blacks. I am a student at AHS and have seen all the racism that goes on there. A lot of teachers and administrators discriminat against the minorities. The white students at AHS always get treated better and this goes to show how AHS picks and chooses its battle and who they want to help. I seen this fight as I was walking down the hall and she didn't attack get attacked from behind. This was a high school fight and high school fights go on at every school but this is the fight AHS decides to send mass emails to parents and students, go to news stations to tell how a WHITE girl gets "attacked" and all this was done because she is white. I have many white friends and family do I'm not being racist nor discriminating against whites. I am stating the truth about AHS.
Lalala June 06, 2012 at 02:25 AM
So*
Analiese June 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Playing the victim to the highest degree? She IS the victim. How do you know what is biased in this story? Do you know each girl involved? We have a girl who was attacked by another. She did not appear to fight back. If she expresses her anger, using WORDS, not violence, then she is the combative one? It would seem you do condone fighting.

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