Massive brawl breaks out at Arizona high school when dad shows up to take on son’s bullies

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A massive lunch break brawl, with a parent allegedly involved in the altercation, erupted at Tucson, Ariz., High School on Tuesday, which reportedly had its source in a beef involving some students who were allegedly bullying a classmate.

The parent reportedly faces a charge of disrupting an educational institute, a felony.

The punching-and-kicking encounter in the courtyard was caught on video, some of which is embedded below from social media, and received extensive coverage in local media.

The school was put into temporary lockdown for several hours after an estimated 30 students started fighting in the escalating incident, which prompted a large police response.

Classes did resume that afternoon, however.

According to a police report, CBS Tucson affiliate KOLD reported that school administrators called parent Willie Smith, 40, to the school to pick up his two sons after some kind of disturbance with other kids.

Staff allegedly advised Smith to leave the facility with his family through a back gate.

 Smith allegedly refused and took his sons through the courtyard during lunch.

Smith allegedly told staff this was an ongoing issue and if not addressed, there would be a problem. Smith said, “If it’s going down, it’s going down here,” according to the document. Officers said Smith was referring to his sons protecting themselves if provoked.

While the three walked through the courtyard, there was an exchange between a group of students and Smith’s sons, and a fight broke out. Smith’s sons allegedly got into an altercation and Smith followed his sons into the area.

According to the complaint, Smith got into “mutual combat with a student”…Smith admitted to fighting with the student and claimed the student was assaulting his son, the complaint said…

KOLD added that a 15-year-old boy was charged with disorderly conduct-fighting.

The Daily Mail published a slightly different version of events:

“The fight began after a parent, wearing a red shirt and jeans, reportedly walked onto campus to confront a group of kids attacking his son. He had received reports that his son, who has special needs, was going to ‘get jumped’ outside of school.  When he arrived, he found kids attacking the boy’s brother who was sticking up for him, a relative told”

According to cops, no injuries occurred, and no weapons were involved. An investigation is ongoing, which includes detectives reviewing all the footage that has emerged.

Tucson cops have denied deploying pepper spray in the melee, although some parents reportedly have claimed otherwise.

In a statement to parents, the Tucson Unified School District said that “the school transitioned back to normal schedule and routine with some safety restrictions put into place including continued School Safety and TPD presence for the remainder of the day and week.:

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

Watch a report on this incident aired by 12 News:



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