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After student fight, ‘shen fights’ Instagram handle removed

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CLIFTON PARK — A male student at Shenendehowa High School was seen on video footage this week repeatedly slugging another student in the head.

In the video, a third male who is off camera can be heard stating, “we should break this up.”

The video, which was posted on Instagram under the handle “shen fights,” is no longer available on the social media app.

When asked Thursday if the district was aware of the video, and if the involved students had been disciplined, Shenendehowa Central School District spokeswoman Lindsay Valenti issued the following statement late afternoon Friday:

“Yes, the district is aware and has reported that account to Instagram and the State Police. HS administration has spoken with the parents and students who were involved in that fight.”

A Shenendohowa parent told TV station CBS 6 her twin boys who are in the ninth grade were attacked Wednesday morning in the high school’s west auditorium before school started.

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The parent said she watched the video in which one of her sons gets punched repeatedly in the head after he tried to stop another student from punching his brother in the head.

The parent said her children had spoken of numerous fights at the high school recently.

High School Principal Ron Agostinoni told the outlet the number of violent incidents were lower this year than in years past and that there had only been an uptick in physical altercations in recent days.

Agostinoni didn’t answer a question in an email asking for data to support the claim but did refer comment to Valenti.

According to the New York State Education Department’s information and reporting services database, the high school reported that it didn’t have any assaults, and just one incident of possession of a weapon during the 2019-20 school year, the most recent year of available reporting.

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.

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