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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 28, 2015)—A teenager charged with battery after a video surfaced showing him attacking a female student pleaded guilty Thursday.

The 17-year-old boy appeared in juvenile court Thursday morning for a pretrial hearing, where he pleaded guilty to battery resulting in moderate bodily injury. A charge of criminal confinement was dropped.

Charges were filed earlier this month after a video of the attack was posted online. The video showed the male student attacking a female student in the hallway of Northwest High School. Principal Michelle Brittain-Watts said that three fights broke out inside the school that day.

As part of Thursday’s agreement, the teen was ordered to probation and prohibited from having direct or indirect contact with the victim.

Some criticized staff in the video for not breaking up the fight physically, which Northwest High School policy prohibited. But that could change at the hands of the city’s school board.

The IPS School Board is expected to vote on a new district policy Thursday night that would allow staff to use “limited force” to intervene during fights.

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