UPDATED: 6:55 pm EDT June 10, 2008
CINCINNATI -- A high school principal said he worried that an online video clip of two students fighting would glorify violence.
The posted video shows two girls punching and kicking each other in a Taft High School classroom, and thousands of Web surfers have viewed the brawl on YouTube.
“One student actually became more aggressive towards the other girl and, of course, you saw the video and the clip about how that turns out,” said Principal Anthony Smith.
The teacher has been criticized for leaving the classroom as the fight escalated, but she told school officials she left to seek help because she is seven months pregnant.
Officials said she made the correct decision, and former students said they were disappointed that the incident might tarnish the school’s reputation.
“This morning I received a call from one of my students, just graduated, senior, and his concern was all the great things we've done at our school, how do we get depicted that way?” Smith said.
The school suspended the girl who was the aggressor for 80 days, and Smith said the punishment sends a strong message to students.
School officials said they’re trying to find out who posted the video online.
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