MOBILE, Ala. -- The Williamson High School principal was brutally assaulted during a fight on campus three weeks ago, but now he’s taking part of the blame.
Video from the fight shows the chaos on campus.
“They were going after somebody else that they had an altercation with the previous day, and I was trying to stop them and then it got escalated,” said Kirven Lang, the Williamson High School principal. “I think because I didn't allow them to get to him they got mad at me.”
Police said the fight broke out on Jan. 18, when a group of suspended Williamson students and three non-students came on campus.
When Lang tried to break it up he was punched in the face.
“I failed to teach them, and when they lashed out on me it kind of hurt and that was the personal part of it," Lang said. "It hurt because that means I didn't do a good job, and I failed somewhere.”
Mobile County Public Schools said no students were hurt in the fight.
Police said three teens and one adult were arrested for their part.
Now Lang said he is still recovering weeks later.
“I'm recovering right now, psychologically it had a big effect on me because in the end, I lost them because those were my boys,” he said.
But back on campus, video from the fight shows how quickly things can escalate.
Lang said it is hard because he has been with some of these students since middle school.
“I mean I failed because I didn't do my job,” he said. “I didn't do a good job on making sure they were in school and that they were being properly educated.”
Lang is a longtime educator having been with the school system for more than 20 years.
He said after this incident he is working with the superintendent on a plan to prevent something like this from happening again.