SHALIMAR - Three juveniles and two adults were arrested Sept. 9 after a fight involving several Choctawhatchee High School students, at least one mother, an older teen and a man who tried to break up the fight.
The scene was all caught on a student's digital camera.
A group of students got off an Okaloosa County school bus at the corner of 7th Avenue and 8th Street in Shalimar. One yelled for another to hurry with the camera. An adult male voice shouted, "Knock it off!" One student dropped a backpack and the fight began.
"I know I had four or five of them kicking at me," said Kenneth Oliver, 54, who saw the altercation begin the moment the students stepped off the bus.
The video shows Oliver rushing to the road to try to separate the teens.
"I don't like seeing one person beat up on another," Oliver said. "I had one of them kicking me while I said, ‘You all don't need to be doing this.' "
According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office offense report, a group of boys followed the victim and his friends off the bus. The victim continued to walk, even though another student hit him in the back of the head, according to witness statements in the offense report. There was no mention of why the group was fighting.
The report also noted a witness said the victim didn't fight back.
Oliver put himself between the victim and the other boys, the report stated. The video shows the same.
That's when Oliver became the target. One teen punched Oliver in the eye, breaking his glasses. Oliver shouted for his wife to call the Sheriff's Office and he tried to hold the teen that struck him until help arrived.
The group began to hit and kick Oliver, the report said. Two adult women appear in the video at that point, yelling and watching the fight. One screamed at Oliver to let her son go.
"I told her I was holding him until a deputy got there," Oliver explained.
Another student tried to help Oliver and the victim and he was punched in the face three times, according to the offense report.
When a deputy arrived, the siren on the patrol unit scattered the group. The "boys broke up and ran," the report said.
As the fight ended, one teen noticed the camera present and went to the student who was recording the incident. You can hear him on the video saying, "Delete it. Delete it."
Tags: fight, beating, teens, students, bus stop, police, cops, arrest, caught, cam, tape
Location: Shalimar, Florida, United States (load item map)
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