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Viral Video Forces Shen Into National Spotlight

A video posted online last week shows two girls engaged in what appears to be a pretty brutal fight and an assistant principal who forcefully stops it.

The Shenendehowa spokeswoman claims the reason the year-old incident is surfacing now is because students are trying to get the Comedy Central show “Tosh.O” to pick it up.

But to administrators, the case is closed.

The video is tough to watch. Though close to 4,000 people have since it was posted. In it you’ll see a female student kicking and punching another female student. A woman staff member unsuccessfully tries to stop the brawl and then an adult male forcefully does manage to break it up. In the end, the aggressor ends up on the ground at the hands of the assistant principal.

“You have to stop it. Whatever it takes, the adults need to step in,” agreed a Shen mother of three, Dania Welch.

The district determined the administrator acted appropriately and his actions were necessary to keep both girls safe. The administrator faced no discipline action though the students were subjected to Shen’s code of conduct — suspension or police report. However, those records are confidential.

People in the community who have seen the fight video, and even those who have just heard about it, do question the outcome and attorney Michael Macomber of Tully Rinckey says that’s not surprising.

“Basically, no matter what he’s doing he’s going to have some sort of problem there,” explained Macomber.

A Shen insider familiar with the incident tells NewsChannel 13 it didn’t escalate to a court case. Macomber believes one reason could be that the video doesn’t tell the entire story. What we see doesn’t show what happened before, after or reveal any history about those involved.

“He’s an older male and she’s a younger girl. That could have caused a world of problems that we’re left to guess with,” added Macomber.

The parents we spoke to Monday back the assistant principal. Jana Mahoney, a Shen mom of two, says he acted on instinct.

“I wouldn’t let a fight prolong,” Mahoney said.

NewsChannel 13 did speak to the assistant principal involved in the incident. He had “no comment.”


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