Viral fight video between Florida students sparks investigation

Video of a Florida student beating up another teen, which has been viewed thousands of times on social media, has sparked a police investigation.

The clip sees a student from Olympic Heights High School tackle another student from West Boca Raton High School to the ground before a group of several other girls join in. People with cellphones out eventually gather around as the attackers beat the victim while she lay on the ground in the fetal position.

The girls had agreed to meet at South County Park on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. to settle an “ongoing dispute,” but the victim said she was under the impression that they were meeting up “to talk,” according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Following the fight, the Boca Raton’s student spoke with police and “at NO time was race or bullying ever discussed, determined or considered to have played a role in the altercation.”

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50. Wyoming: 3 incidents reported

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49. Mississippi: 7 incidents reported

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48. North Dakota: 8 incidents reported

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47. Alaska: 11 incidents reported

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46. Rhode Island: 12 incidents reported

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45. Arkansas: 12 incidents reported

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44. Alabama: 14 incidents reported

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43. Delaware: 15 incidents reported

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42. Iowa: 17 incidents reported

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41. South Dakota: 18 incidents reported

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40. Montana: 20 incidents reported

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39. South Carolina: 23 incidents reported

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38. Vermont: 25 incidents reported

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37. New Mexico: 26 incidents reported

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36. Louisiana: 26 incidents reported

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35. Idaho: 27 incidents reported

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34. New Hampshire: 28 incidents reported

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33. Nebraska: 31 incidents reported

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32. Oklahoma: 33 incidents reported

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31. Wisconsin: 34 incidents reported

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30. Maryland: 37 incidents reported

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29. Georgia: 39 incidents reported

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28. Maine: 40 incidents reported

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27. West Virginia: 41 incidents reported

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26. Nevada: 41 incidents reported

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25. Kansas: 49 incidents reported

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24. Pennsylvania: 61 incidents reported

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23. Utah: 66 incidents reported

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22. Indiana: 78 incidents reported

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21. Missouri: 88 incidents reported

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20. Florida: 96 incidents reported

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19. Oregon: 104 incidents reported

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18. Colorado: 104 incidents reported

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17. Connecticut: 106 incidents reported

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16. Illinois: 111 incidents reported

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15. Washington, D.C.: 115 incidents reported

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14. Minnesota: 119 incidents reported

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13. Virginia: 122 incidents reported

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12. Tennessee: 142 incidents reported

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11. North Carolina: 148 incidents reported

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10. Texas: 178 incidents reported

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9. Kentucky: 206 incidents reported

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8. Arizona: 213 incidents reported

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7. New Jersey: 282 incidents reported

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6. Washington: 387 incidents reported

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5. Massachusetts: 391 incidents reported

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4. Michigan: 399 incidents reported

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3. Ohio: 442 incidents reported

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2. New York: 595 incidents reported

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1. California: 931 incidents reported

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The sheriff’s office on Friday took to Twitter to emphasize that race at no point was a factor in the viral brawl.

“This case is being investigated by a deputy in our West Boca District. Nothing at this time indicates a hate crime, it was apparently over a boyfriend,” they wrote. “Our deputy will be following up with the school board to identify the multiple subjects in the video. Criminal charges are pending.”

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