BOISE -- Cell phone video of a fight between a 17-year-old student and a Boise Police Student Resource Officer at Frank Church High School is going viral.
The 22-second video received more than 23,000 views on YouTube as of Monday night. It shows a SRO trying to detain the 17-year-old student.
Dozens of students looking on in the background of the video, including a senior who talked with KTVB about the incident, but wanted to remain anonymous.
We just saw a huge brawl happening, said the anonymous student. There's like students, there was a cop involved. It looked like they were fighting, but there was a lot of kids.
A statement from Boise Police says the teenager had been asked to leave school grounds because of an earlier disturbance. When the student refused to leave, an administrator called an SRO for assistance, police say.
That's what the senior says he heard happened, too.
He got sent down, and was just being obnoxious, and rude to the administration, and they asked him to leave because I guess he was suspended, is what I've heard, said the anonymous student. And he wouldn't leave, and he threw a punch at the officer.
Police say the 17-year-old punched the SRO in the face as the officer attempted to take him into custody. Another school employee, a 61-year-old man, came to help and was also punched by the student, according to police.
The kids were just watching, the anonymous on-looker told KTVB. There was a lot of yelling. And the cop was on the ground, and the kid was on the ground, and they were just throwing down.
The statement from Boise Police says, The SRO could not get control of the fighting student, so he radioed for help from nearby officers who responded immediately.
The physical altercation lasted about three minutes before the student was taken into custody.
The incident is over, but cell phone video of it lives on on YouTube and blogs, prompting some to say police may have gone too far.
It got a little rough for just one kid, said the anonymous student. There were a lot of cops involved that I feel they didn't need that many cops.
Boise Police say the student did not need medical treatment. The SRO and school employee who were punched received minor injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The student was booked into the Ada County juvenile detention facility on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, battery, and resisting or obstructing an officer.
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