Santa Rosa High Administrators Disciplined Over School Fight Suspension

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    A Santa Rosa family is working to remove a school suspension handed down on a 16-year-old girl they say was defending herself during an attack. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    Santa Rosa High School administrators are being punished by the school district after they failed to address parent concerns over a school fight that resulted in the suspension of a 16-year-old student.

    Allen Danley and his wife, Mia, appealed the school's decision to suspend her daughter, who they said fought back against a pair who threatened to beat her up. The fight was caught on cell phone video.

    "I went to show him the video and he refused to accept it," Allen Danley said of handing the evidence to a school district administrator. "I pressed play and put it in his hands -- failure was not an option."

    Mia Danley said two girls from another school first cyber bullied her daughter after she began dating a new guy. The girls then jumped her daughter on May 16 at the high school, Mia Danley said.

    School district officials reviewed the incident and suspended Danley's daughter. Administrators at the time said the girl is not a victim of an attack, but a participant in a fight and deserved a suspension.

    After the news media covered the story, the district hired a private investigator to examine the incident. Danley this week received a letter from Assistant Superintendent Jason Lea, informing him of the district's decision to discipline campus administrators.

    The district plans to discipline the school principal, vice principal and district representative, according to the letter.

    "It means they're going to punish the administrators who screwed up and ignored us and discounted our concerns," Allen Danley said.

    NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith contributed to this report.