3 arrested after Florin High School student body slams principal in wild melee

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SACRAMENTO – Police arrested three Florin High School students after video of a wild fight – during which one student slammed the principal to the floor – circulated online.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department officers arrested two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old.  Charges include battery and making threats.

The cellphone footage shows a chaotic scene inside the lunch room, with students screaming as they surround several brawling students.  Principal Don Ross tries to pull one teen in a blue, hooded sweatshirt away from another, and the student flips him over, slamming Ross to the ground.

Ross picks himself up and wraps his arms around the student, breaking up the fight with the help of a school resource officer from the Sheriff's Department.

Ross told FOX40 that the fight was uncommon for Florin High School, which has 1,500 students.  He emphasized their achievements and the positive things they have done at the school.

He also sent the following letter about the brawl to parents:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Today at approximately 11:30 a.m. during lunch, 10-12 students were involved in two separate, unrelated incidents that resulted in multiple altercations that took place in the Commons at Florin High School. School officials and law enforcement immediately responded to the incidents. The first incident involved 8-10 students and was a result of a dispute that occurred a week ago and which was relationship oriented. The second incident was an altercation between two students caused by an insult one student made to another student. All students will be disciplined.

Three school officials sustained minor injuries which required medical attention. The students involved in the altercation did not require medical attention. The incident was stabilized and classes have resumed.

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority at our school If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school...

Don Ross
Florin High School