Austin teens participate in violent fight


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist ROBERT McMURREY

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 7:01 PM

Warning: This video contains violent images.

AUSTIN -- A video on posted to YouTube on March 27th shows a violent fight among Austin teens. It already has more than 2,400 views.

Police say from the looks of the video, it is a consensual fight. Four teenagers, who say in the video that they are 16 and 17 years old, go to blows in South Austin. It is believed that they are less than a half a mile away from Crockett High School and two of the teens are wearing Crockett football shirts.

As a crowd of their peers watch, the fight goes from four teens fighting to two. Then another fight, with different students breaks out.

The video ends with one of the original teens on the ground being beaten and stomped by yet another teenager.

"It's so ridiculous. I mean there's almost even no words for how stupid this is," said John Ramseier. 

Ramseier owns a boxing and martial arts gym in Cedar Park where professional fighters are trained.

"I'm trying to think what they're thinking at that age, ego, pride," Ramseier said. 

But Ramseier says this is no ordinary school yard fight.

"It's super dangerous. I mean, of course these kids don't have the wherewithal to realize what they're doing. I mean you're getting your head stomped on out there on some rock or some concrete," he said.

Austin police are now investigating the case as a possible assault and working to see if it is gang-related.

"There was some graffiti taking place at Crockett, some custodians saw and chased away some students, what they believed were students," said Austin Police Sergeant Lester Vanzura. "The graffiti on the wall was 'BMD' and in the video that took place, during the fight they were chanting 'BMD.'"

In the meantime, Sgt. Vanzura says he hopes the parents of these students will have a serious talk with their kids.

"What I would hope that other parents would tell their kids is if you can avoid a fight, you know, avoid it. Walk away from something versus, you know, protecting your pride," Vanzura said. 

KVUE News contacted the person who posted the video on YouTube. He said he was 17-years-old and wishes to remain anonymous.