We received this video early Thursday morning from a student at Hoosick Falls High School. At first glance, it’s pretty shocking. It shows two students - 15 and 17 year old brothers - being roughed up in the main office. Chuck and I decided that we needed some more information in it before we talked about it on our show.
During the course of the day, bits and pieces of information came out regarding the series of events. The Times Union did a fairly good job of summarizing what little we are being told.
Apparently, the high school is having some issues with kids driving to school and parking in the lot without a parking pass. They have warned students before, and on this particular day they decided to use the brothers as an example. They called the students down, informed them that a boot had been placed on their car and suspended them. Witnesses say the boys left, but were called back by the Superintendent. It’s during that return to the main office that all hell broke loose. As the confrontation escalates, one of the boys mouths off to a deputy, who takes him to the ground. Another puts him in a headlock, repeatedly squeezing his neck. It goes on for a couple of minutes, and you can hear students screaming in the background to leave the boys alone.
Watch the video. What do you think? The boys were mouthy and disrespectful. But did the police response warrant that level of physicality toward minors? Could it have been handled better?
Warning: Video Contains Graphic Language