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District, students respond to Washington High fight caught on video

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A fight in a Cedar Rapids high school, caught on cell phone video allegedly show's school staff didn't try to stop it.

KWWL obtained the video showing a fight breaking out right inside the Washington High School cafeteria, during the noon hour Monday.

"I've seen like people running back and forth and stuff and I've seen a lot of cops show up," said Washington High sophomore Andrew Spearman.

Arianna Bell, a junior at Washington also saw the fight.

"Trying to get to class and do my work, trying to do my work. and there was so much violence broke out," said Bell.

Spearman says he could hear the fight before he actually saw it, but says administration did nothing to stop it.

"I don't think they did anything, because they were yelling for a long time," said Spearman.

However, district leaders tell us the video does not show the three administrators, two police officers, and several staff members helping to break up the fight that started over a social media post.

The video is only a little over a minute long and distract staff says the video recording is not the whole incident.

Mary Ellen Maske, deputy superintendent for Cedar Rapids Community School District says every situation is different,  and the principal in the video was consistent with administrative practice. She says he was actually giving verbal directions to students making sure others didn't get involved.

"So the role of administration number one is to keep students safe, keep staff safe, and to keep themselves safe," said Maske.

Cedar Rapids Police say before the video fight, another fight broke out in the foyer of the school, where officers had to take action too.

"It was a fight, it was like two fights, one in the cafeteria and then there was one in the foyer and it broke out with like one student and then a bunch of students just came in and all started fighting at once."

District leaders say their was adequate staff intervention to help end both fights quickly.

"They were doing their job as usual, but students were acting crazy as usual," said Bell.

Cedar Rapids police charged a total of nine students of disorderly orderly conduct.

Two that were involved in the first fight in the foyer, the other seven were involved in the video fight.

Police tell us there were no injuries and no weapons involved, but they are still investigating.

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