Allegheny County

Brutal fight at Brashear High School leaves 17-year-old student motionless, now hospitalized

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A brutal fight at Brashear High School left one student motionless in the hallway of the school and later transported to the hospital.

The fight happened Friday morning around 9:50 a.m. at the school in Beechview, according to Pittsburgh’s Deputy Public Information Officer.

According to a spokesperson from Pittsburgh Public Schools, the fight involved multiple students.

“You know, it sickens me. It really does. We see an uptick in violence,” said Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis.

She says enough is enough when it comes to the series of violent acts in Pittsburgh Public Schools this week.

This latest altercation happened inside Brashear High School Friday morning.

Channel 11 obtained cell phone video of the incident. We have blurred the students’ faces.

The video initially shows a student being restrained on the ground in the corner. Then, a male student picks up a boy and body slams him to the floor. He then proceeds to stomp on the boy’s face multiple times until school police break it up. The boy appears lifeless.

“We have to provide the support for our educators and our students. The mental health supports to help,” said Esposito-Visgitis.

Channel 11 viewers were stunned by the video.

One wrote on Facebook, “I’m a Brashear graduate and it’s sad that I have to consider keeping both of my daughters out of Pittsburgh public schools after elementary.”

Another wrote, “I used to work for PPS and I’ll tell you first hand this behavior goes on daily.”

Pittsburgh Public Schools tells Channel 11 the fight involved multiple students at Brashear.

School Police is handling the investigation and the students involved are now facing disciplinary actions as well as possible criminal charges.

We have confirmed the boy who was injured and knocked unconscious is a 17-year-old junior.

This all comes on the heels of a deadly shooting outside of Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide that claimed the life of 15-year-old Marquis Campbell.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Union President says administrators, parents, teachers and students need to work as one. In addition, she says school security is essential and more school police are needed.

“They’re the ones that can talk to the students. They’ve been trained in de-escalation. We need to increase the people in our schools. The police force, our security guards.”

Channel 11 is told the student who was injured this morning is still in the hospital.

Mayor Ed Gainey previously this week said the violence was senseless.

Channel 11 reached out to the Mayor’s office for comment on the brawl, but we did not receive a new response.

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