ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A Pinellas County teen turned a pair of work boots into a weapon and the vicious attack on a fellow student was caught on camera.
In exclusive video obtained by ABC Action News, you can see the fight break out on the St. Petersburg High School campus just as class lets out.
School district leaders did not identify the teens and would not tell us if they were reprimanded.
"I just hear people yelling, 'Oh there's a fight! Wow!'" said Billy Andrews, a junior who said he witnessed the attack.
Andrews told ABC Action News fights between students at the high school are common and occur about once a week.
"Bullying will escalate out of hand," he added.
According to Andrews, schoolyard fights have escalated and he has never seen anything quite like the beating he recently witnessed. This fight had the potential for permanent injuries. It is unclear if the teen in the video had to seek medical attention or what, if any, injuries he received.
School administrators and security guards often break up the fight, Andrews said.
This particular fight was no different. In the video, Andrews explains how you see the principal run in and pull the teens apart. Still, the show of force didn't seem to deter the aggressive student doing the stomping.
While the principal is holding up the battered student, the aggressive student comes back and throws yet another punch.
"Usually if there is a fight, you know seconds later you are going to see an administrator jump in," Andrews said.
He added that students are warned not to fight and are reminded there will be severe consequences if they engage in that type of behavior.
School district leaders could not comment directly on this fight or the students involved. We offered to show them the video but they declined to watch.
According to Melanie Marquez Parra, public information officer for Pinellas County Schools, fighting is taken seriously and comes with serious consequences ranging from suspension to expulsion.
She explained students who attend the high school are required to read and sign a Student Code of Conduct each year.
On page 40, violent behavior is addressed.
The Code of Conduct states:
If a student violently attacks another person or acts as a decoy in a physical attack at school, a school
function, on the bus or at a bus stop and that person is seriously injured, the student will be suspended
from school for ten (10) days and recommended for expulsion. If the attack by the student was
unprovoked, even if there was no serious injury, the student will be suspended from school and may be
reassigned or recommended for expulsion.
If a student violently attacks another person somewhere else other than school, s/he may be removed from
the general education program and administratively assigned to another program when there is evidence
that the student's presence on campus may be disruptive.
Quinton Taylor knows firsthand how serious raising your fists to a fellow classmate can be. He told ABC Action News he was expelled from St. Petersburg High and later reassigned to another high school after he beat up a classmate in a bathroom.
"Just me getting tired of being hit a lot and I finally snapped," said Taylor, explaining the cause of the fight. "I beat his head in because he hit me first and I was smashing his head into a wall. I let my anger get the best of me."
Taylor admits his actions were wrong and that he deserved his punishment.
However, even he was stunned by the violence in the video, which was recorded by students.
At least a dozen students watched the fight but not one jumped in to break it up.
"I've never seen literally a Polo boot get stomped on somebody's face," Taylor said. "That is gruesome."
Andrews said he feels safe at school and explained how there is a "certain crowd" that is prone to fighting on school grounds.
He explained that if students want to stay safe, they know to stay away from that group of students.