Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Superintendent Michael Schilderto sent this letter to parents yesterday after police and school officials discovered the Facebook page:
Today several reporters from newspapers and TV stations contacted me regarding what we feel is an issue already resolved. In the last few weeks, several fights that occurred at the high school had been posted on a Facebook site.
Allow me to offer some perspective on this. Since March 1, the high school has had 7 fights, an unusual number in such a short time span. We believe none of these fights were connected. Prior to March 1, there were 5 fights since September. The average number of fights in any given school year is between 20 and 25. While any fighting is unacceptable, this is a relatively low number for a high school of close to 3,000 students. Bridgewater-Raritan High School is safe and orderly and I have always been impressed with the excellent behavior, conduct, and maturity of our students.
The administration responded quickly to these fights and knew the student identities well before the videos were posted; disciplinary action was taken in each case. As for the Facebook postings, the district has no legal jurisdiction over these sites and has no way to remove the information posted. However, we are trying to find who is hosting this particular site and will ask him/her to remove the fights.
Since March 15, there have been no fights. If you have any questions about this information, please feel to contact me or the high school principal.