One person has been arrested after video emerged online of a "special education student" being assaulted at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced early Sunday.
The caught-on-video beating occurred Thursday on the high school's campus, which is located in the 26200 block of Valencia Boulevard, a news release from the Sheriff's Department stated. The video was later posted to social media.
The footage shows the altercation beginning with a student placing the special education student in a headlock. The two boys wrestle to the ground and the special education student is punched as he tries to fight back.
Eli Skolnik, a junior at the school, said that was when he and some of his friends ran over to break up the altercation.
"I just go up to the kid and I'm just like, 'I don't want to fight, I just don't want you to fight him (the special education student),' because I knew he had like some issues," Eli said.
Eli's actions prompted some on social media to call him a hero.
A male student involved in the attack was arrested the following day and detained on a battery charge, according to the Sheriff's department. His name has not been released.
“He has been suspended, but beyond that, I can’t comment," said Dave Caldwell, a spokesman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
In the days following the assault, there has been an outpouring of support for the unidentified victim on social media.
"More people have been talking to him," Eli said. "He went (from) this kid who no one really knew and now everyone knows who he is. Now he's got a bunch of friends and all this stuff, so that's good for him."
Students at West Ranch and other district schools expressed their support for the victim on Twitter with the hashtags, #justicefor(victim's name) and #standwith(victim's name).
The incident remained under investigation by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, West Ranch administrators and the school district.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA's John A. Moreno contributed to this report.