School resource officer uses his body to protect student from attack during brawl in Virginia

As school worker uses his body to save a child from being attacked during a wild brawl between dozens of high school students in Virginia

  • Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz posted a video showing Officer Anthony Bowen using his body to protect a student from a mob
  • Katz said the incident demonstrates the need for police presence in schools and how if the officer cultivates relationships with officers they can be of great benefit.
  • Katz praised Bowen for acting ‘selflessly’ in the moment and protecting the young man
  • Officers arrived at Meadowbrook High School due to rumors of gun use, but police confirmed guns had been used and no one was injured or arrested
  • Video of the incident circulated on social media, but Katz said he will not share in an effort to protect the innocent student in the video










A Virginia police chief thanks a school employee for using his own body to protect a student during a wild brawl at a high school that involved dozens of students.

Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz posted a hold showing Officer Anthony Bowen using his own body to protect a Meadowbrook High School student from a mob of students attacking him.

Katz said the incident demonstrates the need for police presence in schools and how if the officer cultivates relationships with officers, they can benefit and protect them in situations of violence.

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Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz posted a hold showing resource officer Anthony Bowen using his body to protect a student from a mob

A student shoots an officer during the brawl

Dozens of students involved in brawl

A brawl broke out at Meadowbrook High School in Virginia on Thursday, police say no one was injured

Officers arrived at Meadowbrook High School over rumors of guns being used in the brawl, but police confirmed guns had been used and no one was injured or arrested

Officers arrived at Meadowbrook High School over rumors of weapons being used in the brawl, but police confirmed that weapons had been used and no one was injured or arrested

Katz praised Bowen for acting “selflessly” in the moment and protecting the young man.

“This officer behaved bravely, selflessly and with no regard for his own well-being,” the chief wrote on Facebook. ‘That’s how our people are expected to perform and with a few exceptions, that’s how we do business.’

Officers arrived at Meadowbrook High School over rumors of weapons being used in the brawl, but police confirmed no weapons were used and no one was injured or arrested. NBC12.com reported.

Katz praised Bowen for acting 'selflessly' in the moment and protecting the young man

Katz praised Bowen for acting ‘selflessly’ in the moment and protecting the young man

A video of the incident circulated on social media showing officers from a school being hit as students argued in a hallway. Fox news reported.

But Katz said he won’t share in an effort to protect the innocent student and not to glorify violence.

Instead, he said, he wanted to highlight an officer’s exceptional performance on the job.

“I am proud of this officer, grateful for his service, and want to say exactly why I remain committed to ensuring that our children remain safe in their learning environment. Thank you, Anthony,” he wrote.

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