Political Violence At Oklahoma Public High School
GLENPOOL, Oklahoma –
According to the Glenpool Police Department, a 17-year-old high school student was arrested and another badly injured after a fight about the student walkout escalated Wednesday morning at Glenpool High School.
Police say the incident started when the older student allegedly took to Snapchat the Tuesday night before the walkout which occurred Wednesday, to voice his disagreement about the walkout.
Glenpool police say a fight between two boys followed on Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m. on at the high school over differing opinions of the student led walkout protesting school gun violence.
The argument, according to reports, originated on Snapchat and a video shows 16-year-old Chandler getting beat up by a 17-year-old student at school.
According to News on 6 in Tulsa, Reports said one boy, 16, was taken to the hospital by his parents after the fight, has been released and it now recovering from surgery to fix a broken collarbone.
Officers arrested the other boy, 17, on complaints of aggravated assault and battery.
Reports say he will be booked as a youthful offender.
Glenpool Public Schools released this statement regarding the fight:
“Glenpool Public Schools is aware of a student fight which occurred on campus after the lunch period as students were transitioning back to class. The fight occurred at 11:25 approximately one and a half hour after a student led campus walk-out protesting school violence. Law enforcement and authorities have been made aware of the incident and are investigating. The District is unable to offer any additional detail as the fight involved two district students whose information is subject to protection under both state and federal law. Glenpool Public Schools will fully investigate the incident and take any necessary action allowed under its policies.”
According to police, the attack happened after a post to Snapchat which voiced opinion against the walkout, “You won’t catch me outside doing the walkout but at 10:00 I’ll watch all the clowns head to the sports arena for the circus.”
The snapchat post was made just before the Walkout to End Gun Violence last Wednesday, but Chandler said it wasn’t targeting the kids actually protesting.
“The people doing it to skip class, those people, they’re the clowns,” he said.
Chandler said after he made the post, the 17-year-old student got angry and sent him messages about it, but, he said it wasn’t until lunch things got serious.
“I sat down after I got my food and he comes up and he squeezes right here, and I stand up because he’s squeezing me and then he’s like, ‘I’ll beat your f***ing a**,’” Chandler said. “After lunch, the bell rang and I’m walking, exiting the cafeteria, like, right when I’m exiting the cafeteria to go to my other class he’s tugging on my bag.”
Chandler said he tried to get away but couldn’t.
“I just couldn’t spit anything out, I was shocked,” he said. “He slams me, he punches me, he slams me again, and that’s when people say they heard it pop.”
Chandler’s collarbone is broken in five places, he has a chipped tooth, a cut by his nose, road rash, a bump on the back of his head as well as other bruises and cuts.
The whole thing lasted around three minutes.
The school calls it a fight, but Chandler disagrees.
“This was a tug from the back and then an assault,” he said. “Protesting school violence for 17 minutes and then an hour and thirty minutes later I come out with five pieces of my collarbone.”
The student accused of the assault bonded out of jail after his arrest.
Chandler’s mother is filing for a protective order.
The family said they don’t know if or when that student will return to school.
Glenpool Schools sent a statement after the assault saying “law enforcement and authorities have been made aware of the incident and are investigating. Glenpool Public Schools will fully investigate the incident and take any necessary action allowed under its policies.”
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with Chandler’s recover. You can find more here.