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Taylor student charged with assault after 2 teachers were injured during school fight speaks out

Posted: 6:18 PM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-22 22:26:21Z

It’s a viral video that shows a brutal beating inside Taylor High School. The brawl that took place has one student involved speaking out for the very first time. She says she wants a teacher held accountable for his actions.

“He was holding both my arms from behind and I couldn’t defend myself,” says 14-year-old Brooklyn Polovino.

Footage provided to us by Polovino’s stepfather shows another girl throwing punch after punch at her. It took place just before 10 a.m., in between class periods last Friday. 

“I would never put my hands on an adult,” Brooklyn said.

We’ve learned she and the other student were both arrested and charged with assault. The district says two teachers were injured and this fight was one of 11 this year. 

In a statement to Action News, Superintendent Ben Williams says:

“On Friday, two freshman female students engaged in a fight, and staff intervened to break up the fight.  Unfortunately, after staff were involved and trying to separate the students, they continued to try to fight, and as a result, both students were arrested and charged with disruption of school.  Both staff members who intervened were injured in attempting to break up the fight.

The Taylor School District takes student safety very seriously, and each day, there are four security guards, and one Taylor Police Officer on duty in the high school, in addition to over 100 teachers, administrators, support staff and para-professionals.

Including this fight on Friday, this year there have been a total of 11 fights at Taylor High 
School.  The majority of those fights were between 9th grade female students.  The high school administration is meeting with the Taylor Police Chief and police liaison officers tomorrow to review our building plans and to continue to work towards optimal safety for all students and staff.”

Polovino is scheduled to appear in court this week after being arrested for assault. She says she’s planning to hire an attorney and looking to enroll in another school.