A Martin Luther King Jr. School student has been arrested. High in Riverside on Wednesday, December 1, after authorities said he assaulted a campus supervisor who was trying to break up a fight.
Diana Mezza, a spokeswoman for the Riverside Unified School District, said the employee sustained minor injuries and was treated in an urgent care office.
Meza said two fights in King on Wednesday involved two groups of female students. During the second, around noon, the supervisor intervened while the students surrounded the fighters. Some of them are pictures of the fight. One of the videos of the altercation shows the supervisor being knocked over and the male student swinging his fists as he lies on the floor.
Then the quarrel was broken up.
Officer Ryan Rylsback, a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department, said the student, who has not been identified because he is a minor, was booked into a Riverside County juvenile hall on suspicion of assault.
“It was completely inexcusable, and inexcusable on a staff member who was there to help. We hope the student understands the seriousness of the proceedings,” said Relsbach.
He added that Riverside Police will be assigning officers to the King Hai campus for the remainder of this week “to make sure things calm down.”
Mesa said that most battles on campus are planned rather than motivated. She said officials are asking students to alert staff about impending battles rather than watching and filming them.
“There are consequences. Meza said, noting that people can get seriously injured Diego Pride, a student at Moreno Valley Prep School died when he hit his head against a concrete pole after being punched in 2019.
Author David Downey contributed to this report.