Updated: Feb. 28, 4 p.m.
LYNN (CBS) – Twenty-nine students at Lynn English High School have been suspended in the wake of online videos showing two girls fighting.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports
Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy’s chief of staff told WBZ-TV Monday that the suspensions are of varying length.
The video clips, which were eventually taken down, showed a savage fight between two young women at the Cook Street Playground in Lynn.
Dozens of other students stood by cheering the girls on while they recorded the brawl with their own cameras.
The videos showed up on several websites almost immediately after the fight.
Investigators later identified 27 spectators and the two girls in the brawl, which led to the suspensions.
The students are also being required to write an essay about a New York woman murdered in the 1960s while dozens of witnesses did nothing to help her.
“It’s called the bystander effect, when there’s so many people around that nobody takes any action to intervene,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Kennedy. “I hope it’s something that they will not only write, but remember as they go through life.”
The two girls who fought are getting five-day suspensions and face charges of assault and battery. The spectators involved received up to three days suspended.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports