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Frenchtown teens' fight winds up on YouTube

Frenchtown teens' fight winds up on YouTube

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A fight between two Frenchtown students that – briefly – ended up on YouTube has turned into a teachable moment for the school.

“I think the school district would be remiss if we didn’t follow up,” Frenchtown School District Superintendent Randy Cline said Thursday.

The fight took place at around noon Tuesday between two boys, one 16 and the other 17, according to Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Johnson.

During the fight, one youth reportedly fell backward after being punched and hit his head on the pavement, Johnson said. The boy was treated for a 3-inch cut on the back of his head, and a concussion, he said.

He said the fight involved comments about a girl both boys knew. “They were not really bullying each other,” Johnson said, adding that apparently “they willingly met and fought.”

They did not, however, anticipate cellphone videos of their skirmish going up on YouTube.

“They were immediately pulled down,” Johnson said of the videos.

Still, Cline said the district will consider bringing in a speaker to talk with students about social media, and what’s appropriate to post for the world to see.

In addition, he said, teachers will talk to students “about consequences – legal consequences, and actions taken by the school district in response to these types of incidents that might affect an entire school body.”

Both boys were charged as juveniles, Johnson said. The one who allegedly caused the injury is charged with misdemeanor assault, and the other is charged with disorderly conduct, also a misdemeanor, he said.

Cline said school district discipline is confidential.

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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