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Watch These Clips of ‘Hopkins’ Students Misbehaving, Tell Us How You’d Handle It

The school district is investigating videos that show apparent students smoking and damaging property, but Patch wants to hear your thoughts on what our role as a community is.

The investigation into a series of YouTube videos that show apparent Hopkins students vandalizing school property and breaking school rules is in the hands of the school district.

Last week, a YouTube user who goes by “KneeGoobers" posted a video on the popular video-sharing site that captured a student smoking on a school bus and chasing other students with flames from a lit aerosol spray can in a school hallway. Earlier videos showed a teen vandalizing a public restroom, a young boy smoking in Knollwood Mall and other acts.

A Minnetonka spokesman said Hopkins Public Schools is handling the issue and that the Minnetonka Police Department is not conducting any criminal investigation. St. Louis Park referred Patch to Knollwood Mall security—which had not seen the videos or been made aware of them.

The school district released the following statement from Hopkins High School Principal Patty Johnson:

We have had the opportunity to view the videos and are currently investigating the situation. The actions taken by the students in the videos do not reflect the high expectations that we have for all Hopkins High School students. Any time we are made aware of or have knowledge of a discipline incident, we follow through with our practices and procedures.

As of 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13, the videos had been recast as "private" on the YouTube user's account, which means the general public can no longer view the clips without the user's permission.

The video above shows excerpts Patch captured before the videos were reclassified as private. (Patch altered the video to obscure the young men's identities.)

Patch wants to know what you think:

  • Have you ever seen teens misbehaving and intervened or wanted to intervene?
  • When, if ever, is it appropriate for strangers to correct teens’ behavior in a public place?
  • How much control do adults really have over the choices teens make?

Check out the video above and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

WinSip February 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Being a teenager their brains don't always work right. A little high jinx is to be expected but when it harms someone or deliberate damage is done, then action should be taken. Make them pay reimbursement, help the needy, volunteer! Seems maybe they have too much time on their hands.
Dale Butler February 25, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I think adults intervenning when teens are misbehaving can be very dangerous. I would intervene only if I saw someone being physically abused. Intervention can very quickly escalate into a physical confrontation and the interveening adult being accused of under-age abuse and being put on trial and even being forced to register as an offender. In the videos that you posted the actions apparently happened when there was no adult around, so intervention was not possible. The kid chasing students with the lighted aerosol can should be charged with assault and the one kicking the tp holder should be charged with destruction of government property. There should be some kind of punishment or corrective action for the kid smoking on the bus.
Mike B. February 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Idiotic behavior. I would not classify these kids as "students," though. They may occassionally attend classes, but "students"?
Mickey February 25, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Future thugs in the making. Ban them from the bus since they cannot follow rules (like the rest of society), make them pay for damage to school property. Putting up a video of this antisocial, narcissistic behavior is irresponsible at best.....just feeds their attention getting strategy. Cockroaches of society should be exterminated early on to avoid multiplying.
Gwen Voegtle February 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
The smoking on the bus should result in loss of bus privileges. The student should have to make restitution for the toilet paper holder. The biggest concern is the one with the aerosol can. It appears he is kidding around, but that could result in some serious injuries, some kids just do dumb things like this. My other concern would be where is the adult supervision? Perhaps Hopkins High needs to hire more people to monitor students.

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