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Photo of principal restraining student goes viral

A photo of a California high school principal with a girl in a choke hold led to the suspensions of ten students Monday after it went viral on Facebook.
A photo of a California high school principal with a girl in a choke hold led to the suspensions of ten students Monday after it went viral on Facebook.
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Updated: 10/09/2013 1:00 pm
PITTSBURGH, Calif. -- A photo of a California high school principal with a girl in a choke hold led to the suspensions of ten students Monday after it went viral on Facebook.

The principal of Pittsburg High School, Todd Whitmire, said the photo was taken last Friday as he restrained a 15-year-old student who refused to stop fighting with another male student.

"It certainly doesn't show what happened," he said.

He said the photo went viral almost immediately.

He said he wasn't that concerned that the photo of him was taken out of context as much as he worried about the demeaning and racist comments written by students about the situation.

On Monday, he suspended ten students who had forwarded a version of the photo, on which inappropriate captions had been added.

Whitmire said a total of 12 students were suspended, two of them for fighting, the others for their social media activity.

Some students said Tuesday that they thought suspension was an extreme punishment because the students were only exercising their right to free speech.

Whitmire says monitoring social media is commonplace at schools and that what happened at Pittsburg High School was something that could happen anywhere.

"What was disappointing was the [kind of] comments associated--racist comments, derogatory comments," said Whitmore.

The female student in the photo, Ashley Johnson, was wearing a neck brace Tuesday.

Johnson said that she was drawn into the fight last Friday after a male student twice her size slammed her into a wall.

She claims that she was not fighting back but that the principal grabbed her anyway.

"I wasn't fighting back. I was lying on the ground," said Johnson.

Johnson said Tuesday that she holds the principal responsible for her injury, alleging that he used too much force to restrain her.

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Gunny48 - 10/9/2013 8:36 PM
1 Vote
Taze her, bro...

warpsix - 10/9/2013 3:49 PM
2 Votes
Spank the parents

king kaos - 10/9/2013 2:15 PM
5 Votes
How disgusting this "girl" and her nasty parents are... she was in school, FIGHTING, wouldnt stop to the point she had to be RESTRAINED and now she comes to school with a neck brace on? Really??? Can you say so OBVIOUS its RIDICULOS?!?!?! I think this chick and her parents along with the s for brains lawyer should all be charged with "reckless stupidity" with her parents getting the additional charge of "sex with intent to reproduce while completely retarded and in no way having a f-ing clue how to raies a HUMAN". GUILTY says this American! Also I agree with Rier Rat, break the nasties neck! Just sayin.

RiverRat - 10/9/2013 2:09 PM
4 Votes
Should have broke her neck

missyunger9986 - 10/9/2013 1:32 PM
3 Votes
She is just looking for some lawsuit money, and the sad thing is she will probably get alot of it!! I'm sure she was not miss innocent.
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