Video shows a father in a fistfight with students during a high school mass brawl started by his son's love triangle

A student's father got involved in a mass brawl as Tucson High School, Arizona.
A student's father got involved in a mass brawl as Tucson High School, Arizona.TMZ Tucson/Twitter
  • Videos show a mass brawl at Tucson High School, Arizona involving a student's father.

  • The fight broke out when Willie Smith, 40, picked up his sons after they were involved in a disturbance.

  • This story includes videos of physical violence that some might find disturbing.

A mass brawl broke out at Tucson High School in Arizona on Tuesday involving a father and dozens of students.

Willie Smith, 40, was arrested and charged with disrupting an educational institution, and a 15-year-old boy was charged with disorderly conduct, the Tucson Police Department told Fox News.

Videos posted on social media show an older man in a red t-shirt, believed to be Smith, chasing after students and punching them.


The man holds a student in a headlock at one point as other students punch him. A Snapchat screenshot posted online appears to show the man holding the student down by the throat.

Smith was called to pick up his two sons from school after they were involved in a disturbance with another group, according to court documents seen by KOLD-TV.

Smith was advised to leave through a back exit with his sons to avoid a confrontation, the documents say, but he allegedly refused and walked through the courtyard with his sons during the lunch break.

"If it's going down, it's going down here," Smith said, according to the court documents reported by KOLD-TV.

As Smith and his sons walked through the courtyard, an exchange took place between the boys and a group of students, and a fight broke out, reports allege.

The videos also show dozens of other students fighting each other as security guards attempt to pull them apart.

Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo told KOLD-TV that Smith's actions were the "catalyst and the main driver" of the campus violence.

"I hold this parent responsible for the level of violence that we saw yesterday at Tucson High," he said, per KOLD-TV.

Trujillo said that the initial animosity between Smith's son and another student was due to a love triangle, the news outlet reported.

It was a "classic tale of two young men passionate, enraged, jealous, going after each other over the affections of someone else," he said, reported KOLD-TV.

The school district is still deciding whether the arrested student will face any disciplinary action, the outlet reported.

Tucson Police said an investigation is ongoing, according to KOLD-TV.

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