FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police are investigating a filmed assault inside a Framingham High girls bathroom, said principal Carolyn Banach.
“Administration is aware of a disturbing video currently circulating on social media. The video was filmed by a student showing an assault in a girls’ bathroom. We are not minimizing the seriousness of the incident, but want families to know that the students involved are known to each other and at no time was the greater school community in danger. The FHS Administration identified both the victim and aggressor at the time of the incident, which occurred toward the end of the school day. A thorough investigation began immediately and is still underway in collaboration with the Framingham Police Department,” wrote the Principal in an email to families tonight, February 1.
School safety is our top priority, said the Principal to families.
“We will hold any student who fights or engages in a physical altercation accountable and will issue the maximum consequences allowed up to and including long term suspension, permanent exclusion from school, and charges by the Framingham Police Department,” wrote the Principal.
“This situation presents an opportunity for us to talk with our students, both in school and at home, about the importance of being an upstander; about the importance of speaking or acting in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied. The behavior by some of our students today is unacceptable. It’s not okay to fight or assault each other, nor is it okay to encourage this behavior, or worse, stand by and film it. We will do our best to address this concerning behavior whenever possible and ask that as partners in your child’s education that we continue to instill positive values so that our young people can learn and grow while also taking ownership in fostering a safe and respectful school environment,” wrote the Framingham High administration to families.