A Martin Luther King Jr. School student has been arrested. High in Riverside on Wednesday, December 1, after authorities said he assaulted a campus supervisor who was trying to break up a fight.
The employee, whose daughter identified as Steve Paulos, was punched several times in the head and kicked. Jenny Boulos said he was taken to the hospital, where his head was x-rayed. She said he was in pain but was recovering at home on Wednesday evening.
Diana Meza, a spokeswoman for the Riverside Unified School District, said there were two fights at King on Wednesday that involved two groups of female students. During the second, around noon, Paul intervened as the students surrounded the fighters. Some of them are pictures of the fight. One of the videos of the altercation shows Paulus being toppled and a student wrestling his fists at Paulus as he lies on the ground.
Then the quarrel was broken up.
Officer Ryan Rylsback, a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department, said the student, who has not been identified because he is a minor, was booked into a Riverside County juvenile hall on suspicion of assault.
“It was completely inexcusable, and inexcusable on a staff member who was there to help. We hope the student understands the seriousness of the proceedings,” said Relsbach.
He added that Riverside Police will be assigning officers to the King Hai campus for the remainder of this week “to make sure things calm down.”
Mesa said that most battles on campus are planned rather than motivated. She said officials are asking students to alert staff about impending battles rather than watching and filming them.
“There are consequences. People can get seriously injured,” Meza said, referring to Diego Stolz, a student at Moreno Valley Prep School who died when he hit his head on a concrete pole after being punched in 2019.
Author David Downey contributed to this report.