OAKLEY -- A Freedom High School student injured in a cafeteria fight that involved at least one other student showed signs of improvement Friday and is expected to recover, the school's principal said.

The girl, a senior at the school, remained at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was taken by helicopter with head and neck injuries after the fight took place about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. The fight, according to Principal Erik Faulkner, was the culmination of an argument that began Wednesday and continued on a popular social networking site.

"I can tell you that she's coherent and she is communicating," Faulkner said Friday when asked about the injured teen's condition. "All signs are that she's recovering."

Another girl, a junior at the school, was arrested on suspicion of felony battery, Oakley police Chief Bani Kallo said.

A second girl present at the fight was detained by police and released, Kallo said. Faulkner said the school is working with police to help determine whether the second girl had a role in the fight and what it might have been.

"We basically have two conflicting stories," Faulkner said. "So we'll continue to investigate until we determine the right course to take."

Police did not release the names of any of the students involved.

Faulkner said the two students bumped into each other in a school hallway Wednesday and words were exchanged. The girls walked away from each other, but one of the teens remained angry, Faulkner said, and later started a war of words with the victim on the networking site Instagram.


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Users of Instagram can post messages and photos and share them on Twitter and Facebook. As the angry messages intensified, one of the girls started separately corresponding with friends, planning the attack on her classmate, Faulkner said.

During the fight, the victim hit her head and began showing signs of distress after walking to the front office. Paramedics responded and determined while wheeling her to the ambulance that her injuries were severe enough to warrant being taken by helicopter to the hospital.

Faulkner said he planned to address the student body and that the atmosphere at the school Friday was just as normal as any other day.

"Kids are among the most resilient people," he said. "They bounce back right away."

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