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Skyridge High School football players disciplined for bullying incident

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 19:12:30-05

LEHI, Utah — Football players at Skyridge High School in Lehi were disciplined after a bullying incident was caught on camera, FOX 13 has learned.

Video of the incident, which occurred in October, was posted and shared on social media by someone who appears to be a member of the school's football team.

Because all the individuals in the video are juveniles, FOX 13 is not revealing their identities.

In the video, an individual is seen approaching another student and starting a conversation. After a few seconds, another student comes from behind and punches the victim in the head.

The victim can be heard apologizing in the video before the first student punches him twice before walking away.

"We were made aware of the incident that took place at Skyridge High School in early October. The video (posted to social media) was difficult and troubling to watch." said a spokesperson with the Alpine School District.

Officials said the students involved in the fight, as well as the person taking the video, were identified, but the district refused to say exactly what form of discipline was taken and when it was issued.

District policy states that punishment for players can range from practice suspensions to being kicked off the team. Student-athletes also face school suspension and class reassignment.

"Following the investigation process, discipline and consequences were determined. Consequences for both school and team (in this scenario) were given in this situation, and each student was dealt with individually." said the spokesperson.

The video was later shared with the Lehi Police Department who, after speaking with the school's resource officer, elected to open an investigation. FOX 13 has reached out to the department for information on the status of the investigation.

Skyridge is schedule to face Lone Peak in the semifinals of the Class 6A playoffs on Thursday.