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N.J. School District Wants To Know Who Put Up Fight Videos On Facebook

Bridgewater-Raritan Students, Parents Angered, Embarrassed By Online Page
BRHS Fights

A scene from one of five videos at Bridegwater-Raritan High School in New Jersey that were posted to Facebook. (Credit: BRHS Fights)

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking into dozens of videos of fights among New Jersey high school students, which were posted to their own Facebook page.

As CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez reported on Tuesday, the videos were recorded at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and were posted on a “BRHS Fights” Facebook page that opened last week.

The first post invites people to “send us videos via message or email and we will post them for all to see. Your name will not be disclosed.”

As of Tuesday, five videos had been posted on the site. One was untitled, while the others were headlined, “after 4th period cat fight in HD thanks to anonymous provider,” “period 5th lunch fight,” “after school fight,” and “don’t steal shoes.”

Some of the fights involve boys, others girls. Many of them break out before a ring of spectators.

“It’s a shame that people are fighting all the time,” said Bridgewater-Raritan sophomore Kayla Brothers. “It’s even more of a shame that people are putting it on Facebook.”

Brothers said the page’s popularity has skyrocketed. It had a total of 722 likes as of Tuesday.

“I can see it as a bullying page, because I can see the next day someone walking into school saying, ‘I saw you on Facebook. I saw you got beat up on Facebook. You suck at fighting,’ and if that happened to me I would get hurt,” Brothers said. “I would feel you could never show your face again at school.”

Parents were  shocked.

“It scares me to have my son go to school and be around that,” Renee Musbaum said.

School administrators were reportedly trying to find who started the BRHS fights page to have it taken down.

But when CBS 2 approached Bridgewater-Raritan School District Superintendent Michael Schilder he ran from the cameras and refused to answer questions.

CBS 2 also tried to get a comment from Schilder by phone, but he did not return the calls.

Masbaum’s son is a student at Bridgewater-Raritan High. She said she is upset school administrators have not notified parents about the disturbing Facebook page.

“They can’t run from the problem,” she said. “They need to take care of it. These are our children.”

What do you think should be done about this Facebook page? Leave your comments below…