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School’s shooting spoof in video stuns Calif. districts

The Associated Press

ATWATER, Calif. — A California school district apologized for a video spoof that ended with a security officer pretending to shoot students from a rival high school with a toy gun.

The video shows school administrators at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, including the principal, dressed in superhero costumes and pretending to kick and punch students at the rival school. It ends with a school security officer pretending to shoot the rival students.

The Merced Union High School District declined comment, but it released a statement to the Merced Sun-Star on Thursday afternoon.

“Merced Union High School district immediately addressed the release of the school rivalry video posted by Buhach Colony and had it removed from the media site. We apologize for the impact the video has had on the community and want to ensure everyone that the district does not support or endorse school violence. The issue is being addressed through the personnel office,” the statement says.

The roughly 6-minute video was posted on YouTube.

Principal Steve Hobbs declined to identify the school administrators in the video or say who came up with the idea. Still, he apologized, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

“At no time was there intent to glamorize or endorse school violence,” Hobbs told the newspaper. “Would I do it again? Obviously not. I apologize for the impact it had on the community.”

Board of Trustees Acting President Dave Honey told the newspaper that simulating a campus shooting was a mistake and showed poor taste, especially considering the number of people nationwide who have died in actual campus attacks.

Calls by The Associated Press to Honey and Trustee Ida Johnson were not immediately returned.


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