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Fremont High Students Walk Out Over Confrontation

Student demonstrators say they want the resignation of school officials involved in a scuffle with a 16-year-old student fired.



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    More than 150 students at Fremont High School in Oakland walked out of their classrooms in protest, Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2016.

    An Oakland Unified School District police car was severely damaged when a group of students at Fremont High School in East Oakland walked off campus Wednesday in protest of an incident involving a security guard and vice principal that led to bruise marks on a student, a district spokesman said.

    The walkout by more than 150 students was in reaction to a confrontation between a 16-year-old male student with a security guard at the school on Jan. 8.

    Footage released last week shows the 16-year-old walking toward the main office exit when two school employees stop him. One of the employees, identified as the security guard, tries to the handcuff him – what happens next is still under investigation since the confrontation was moved towards a hallway with no security cameras. Photos of the student with bruises on his body have surfaced, along with the surveillance video.

    Some students are demanding the resignation of those involved.

    District spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said the district staff respects the student’s free speech rights and that the success of the school is a top priority.

    Raw Video: Confrontation Between Student, Security at Fremont HighRaw Video: Confrontation Between Student, Security at Fremont High

    An Oakland high school student says he was called to the principal’s office then roughed up by school security guards in an incident that was partially captured by surveillance cameras.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016)

    In a separate incident, Fremont High student Jonathan Rodriguez on Friday filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Oakland, alleging that he suffered emotional distress and injuries when two security guards at the school assaulted him and put him in a chokehold two years ago.

    NBC Bay Area's Yoselinne Rodriguez and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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