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Churchville-Chili fight under investigation

Churchville, N.Y. -- The Churchville-Chili Central School District said a fight occurred inside the school Tuesday, and video of the incident was posted online.

The district said the fight happened late in the school day between seven female students. Video was posted on social media later in the evening.

"I was walking through the hallway to get to my short bus, and everyone was up against the walls and then like I got past them and they were like in a circle and then they started hitting each other," said Noah Chesbro, a student who witnessed the fight.

Wednesday, the school district said the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was investigating the incident.

Students told 13WHAM News fights are rare at the high school.

"I've been here since sixth grade and I've probably seen three fights," said Lindsey Dattalo, a senior at Churchville-Chili. "It's sad because that's what people think of our school now because that's what they see. They don't see the good stuff that goes on, and we're not a bad group of kids."

The school's principal said the fight started on Twitter and escalated at school.

"This really is an isolated incident. We're very proud of the safety record," said Principal Bill Geraci. "We're very proud of the safety record of not only our high school but all of our schools."

A teacher did step in while the girls were fighting, told them to stop and asked for someone to get security, which, according to Geraci, is protocol.

"You have to be very careful with fights," Geraci said. "Sometimes the violent nature of breaking them up the fights become even worse, even more people get hurt, so what the teacher did at that point, verbally directing them to stop and sending someone for help, is something I as a principal support."

According to Geraci, five or six security guards were at the school Tuesday and, between them and administrators, were able to break up the fight.

The district said it will determine disciplinary action once an investigation is complete and all of the students involved in the incident are identified.

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