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Vincent H.S. security guard and student speak out after video shows violent altercation

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MILWAUKEE -- Pushed, punched then pummeled. An MPS security guard is recovering after being seen on camera getting beaten by a student at Vincent High School. For the first time since the incident, we are seeing the staff member's face -- and also hearing from the suspect involved.

Vincent High School

Vincent High School

The security guard who is a longtime employee of  Vincent, and also a former football coach, says he was challenged by the student from the very beginning.

The teen says he was just standing his ground and seemed somewhat apologetic when FOX6 News spoke with him Friday afternoon. He says much more happened before and after the camera started rolling.

The video shows a violent and intense nine seconds.fight

"He kind of kicked me and my leg locked, it slid and it locked. As I fell, I rolled and hit my shoulder and got pushed into the wall on the top of my head. Kids are more aggressive now. Everything is reactive," said Mark Jones, security guard.

FOX6 News spoke with the student who says things escalated when Jones told him to go to class.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

"He told me, 'Get out my hallway,' I told him the assistant principal told me I could stand right there. He was using profanity too, I was using words too. After that I tried to walk away and just drop it and walk away," said the student.

Jones supposedly followed.

"I just asked the kid to go to class, became intimidated I guess during the conversation I went from telling him to go to class to I'm the (expletive) and disrespectful," said Jones.

Heated words grew to the close encounter.

"We started pushing and shoving and pushing back," said the student.

Footage shows the student punching then pouncing Jones, but the teen claims it was the result of a physical encounter not captured on video.

"I felt like I need self-defense. I got stabbed in the heart before, I got chest paints and heart problems -- all that. Every time he pushed on my chest I felt a sharp pain go through my chest," said the student.

The boy claims he is not a bad person but feels both of them were in the wrong.

"I don't disrespect elders. I'll apologize to him and all of that it didn't even have to go that far," said the student.

There is a warrant out for the student's arrest. The teen tells FOX6 News, he is out of town and does plan on turning himself in so the situation can get resolved.

School officials say the district takes any incident of improper conduct seriously and takes appropriate disciplinary action, and this incident is not representative of students and staff.


  • Paula

    Seemed apologetic? Why is thr reporter filling us in on their opinion rather than just giving facts. He didn’t say he was sorry. He didn’t apologize. Don’t put words in his mouth. This kid is not an angel. This was not self defense. Stop providing excuses for nonsense like this.

  • Kat

    This kid is completely in the wrong….forget this heart BS. Kick him out of school. Parents are responsible for this disrespectful kid.

  • Say what I want

    Now they need to let that teacher go that was arrested last week!! I say send these bad azz kids to boot camp!!!



    • sick of it all

      Dude, I too think the trolley is a dumb idea, but at this point I think it is pretty clear that Barrett doesn’t give a rip that many in the city think it is dumb. He had no intention to stop it. The people of milwaukee just choose to keep this moron in office by a wide margin.

      If you want to do something about the trolley, this website sure it’s not the way to do it, and your tact is ineffective at best. When you open with an insult, (turd emoji) and TYPE IN ALL CAPS nobody will pay attention to what you say.

      Write your alderman, attend government meetings, use facts and logic, and build your case.

      I personally find your mission worthy, but your method tired.

      Enjoy your weekend.

  • head hunter

    stabbed in the heart and lived? you must have a hell of a doctor and probably the first to survive! go to class!!!!! funny how you did nothing bad , it is always the other guy’s fault

  • KaitiLu

    After all the excuse making, the kid finally got it right at the end. – “it didn’t even have to go that far”. Right!
    You are in school, go to class!
    The rest of his comments were deflecting blame from himself..

  • cshaw

    This is the reason why safety officers and support staff end up losing their jobs.. because some disrespectful ass kid talks to an adult and wants to fight adults as if they are on the same level.. I am not understanding why they get fired.. Police killing our kids in the name of doing their job and they are not getting fired. They whooping yall kids asses just for walking to the corner store and yall aint on the district door step…. GET YALL BAD ASS KIDS… These folks aint about to keep playing with them

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