NJ High School Fight Videos Pulled Off Facebook Page

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    Videos of fights in a central New Jersey high school that appeared on a Facebook page have been pulled down after police and school authorities launched an investigation. Pat Battle reports. (Published Thursday, Mar 28, 2013)

    Videos of fights in a central New Jersey high school that appeared on a Facebook page have been pulled down after police and school authorities launched an investigation.

    Five fight videos recorded inside Bridgewater-Raritan High School were posted to the "BRHS Fights" page since it was created March 14. They included footage of two girls grappling and pulling each other's hair and two boys fighting in the lunchroom.

    By March 27, the site had more than 1,000 likes and at least 100 comments on the videos. 

    Upon yanking the fight videos Wednesday, the page creator posted, "I would rather stay anonymous than be known as the idiot who got caught."

    Schools Superintendent Michael Schilder had been working with police to try to identify the Facebook page's creator because the district wanted the videos removed, but could not legally force the social networking site to take them down. 

    Earlier, he wrote an an email to the Courier News of Bridgewater saying there have been at least seven fights from March 1 through March 15.

    There had only been five fights since September prior to March 1, he said.

    A senior at the school, Greg Dryl, said of the Facebook page, "It's not a bright idea. It hurts them for their future, it hurts themselves and it gives us a bad name. Bridgewater's a nice town." 

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