On Monday, the Antioch Unified School District issued a statement regarding a Friday incident at Antioch High School where a student had to be restrained by both its campus security and Antioch Police were called to the campus.
After an attack of a student, two security guards who responded sustained injuries as one was struck to the head and another to the knee by the student while trying to detain the male. No other injuries were reported.
The incident injured two security guards, school staff and another student.
This weekend, a social media post circulated regarding an August 27th incident at Antioch High School.
School personnel have a duty to intervene when a student threatens harm to other students, themselves, or staff. Unfortunately, on Friday, a student threatened to do harm to an entire class, attacked another student, and became physical with staff despite repeated attempts to deescalate the student. At that time, a trained safety officer restrained the student and Antioch Police Department was called.
Unfortunately, when officers arrived, the student continued to resist instructions and was subsequently arrested.
While the situation is unfortunate, we take the safety of all students extremely seriously and cannot allow one student to threaten the safety of others. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
The student was detained by the District security firm, Strategic Threat Management and Antioch Police were called to the school for assistance. As the student was detained on the ground, Antioch Police showed up on campus.
The incident was made public after TikTok video was posted by one of the students at the school in which Antioch Unified school District Board President Ellie Householder shared to her Facebook page.
In Householders statement, she said:
“Thank you to the parents, students, and community members who reached out to bring my attention to a recent TikTok post. In it, a video appears to show an altercation between a student and safety personnel at what looks like Antioch High School. While I don’t know the details surrounding this footage, historically, we know that disciplinary practices have been unfairly applied to Black male students. That is why I take this video and the allegations of excessive force against an AUSD student very, very seriously. I will follow up with folks once I learn more information.”
Antioch School District Superintend Stephanie Anello said the incident occurred on August 27 at 11:15 am and that the student was not complying with site security and had to be restrained—the only details she could share on the incident were in Principal Rocha’s message.
Anello was also unable to share information on if this student had been involved in prior incidents or if previous disciplinary actions had been taken with the student.
Antioch City Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker also took to social media to share her thoughts:
First I would like to thank the community members who reached out to me regarding this event.
I have no idea what led up to what seems like a very traumatic event to witness for students at Antioch High school and it is unacceptable for any student to have to face this kind of unnecessary treatment after being what seems to be fully subdued by force in an academic setting. I know that the city has no power or authority over how the school district handles its business and as a mother, this short video footage deeply concerns me.
If this video is as disturbing to watch for you as it was for me I would contact the school board president and the superintendent of the Antioch Unified School District and demand some answers.
School Board President
(925) 779-7500 Ext. 55100
It is my understanding that the Antioch Police Department was present on the scene I am withholding judgment until I received information as to what led up to the event and the aftermath.
This is not okay!!!
Anello stated neither Board President Householder or City Councilwoman Torres-Walker reached out to the District before taking to social media on their postings.
UPDATE: Antioch Police Issue Statement
On 8/27/21 at approximately 11:21 am, a staff member at Antioch High School called the Antioch Police Department to report a fight on campus. Antioch Police Officers arrived within several minutes and located two security guards holding a student down on the ground in the quad area of the school.
Several Antioch Police Officers assisted the security guards in placing the student in handcuffs.
The student, a 16-year-old male, was ultimately placed under arrest and transported to the Antioch Police Department for assaulting a school employee, fighting on a school campus, and resisting or delaying an arrest.
Back in December of 2020, the Antioch City Council, including Torres-Walker, voted 3-2 to rescind approval of a grant that would provide six school resource officers for schools within the Antioch Unified School District. The vote was 3-2 with councilmembers Mike Barbanica and Lori Ogorchock dissenting. Within the vote, the council also voted that with the funds saved on the grant, it would be reallocated to youth services.
In August of 2020, the Antioch School Board voted 3-2 in support of adding six school resource officers through a grant applied by the City of Antioch. This came after the AUSD board meeting was twice interrupted by protesters. The board then took a vote with Hack, Rocha and Gibson-Gray in support of up to six SRO’s. Sawyer-White and Householder voted against.
In July of 2020, the Antioch City Council agreed in a split 3-2 vote to accept grand funding of $750k from the US Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program that would bring 6 police officer positions to the city who will serve as school resource officers. The council, did however, request the Antioch Unified School District pick up 50% of the bill in an amount of approximately $375k. The split 3-2 vote had Mayor Sean Wright, Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock in favor with Lamar Thorpe and Monica Wilson voting “no” after approximately 100 public comments and an hour of council debate. Thorpe actually made a motion to request the school district fund 100% of the grant, however, Ogorchock issued a substitute motion which passed.
Editors Note – students faces have been blurred.