Huntington Beach High School Student Arrested After Attacking Partially Blind Schoolmate in Viral Video

A student who came to the partially blind student's defense is being called a hero by classmates

Police on Thursday arrested a student who attacked a partially blind schoolmate at Huntington Beach High School in southern California in a video circulating on social media.

The fight occurred Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m., Jennifer Marlett with the Huntington Police Department said.

Police said the fight was an isolated incident involving three male Huntington Beach High School students under the age of 18.

"School resource officers, detectives and school officials are working to find out exactly what happened," the Huntington Police Department said.

The video shows a boy punching another sudent who doesn't appear to fight back. A third boy steps in and punches the attacker, knocking him to the ground.

The student, who is being called a hero by classmates, asks why the attacker was "hitting a blind kid."

According to police, the partially blind student and his attacker knew each other and have a history of not getting along.

“The student who stepped in, his actions were reasonable,” said Officer Jennifer Marlatt of the HBPD.

Police arrested the alleged bully for misdemeanor battery. He was later released to his parents.

The brother of the alleged bully said the student was taunting his brother, and he believes his brother was the victim.

"This so-called hero, he comes up and punches him in the back of the head," he said. "Pretty wrong, if you ask me. He could've killed him."

No arrest is anticipated for the third student who intervened in the fight. 

Hetty Chang contributed to this report.

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