GPS Superintendent Toni Jones received numerous complaints from parents after news quickly spread about Monday's altercation in the GHS Student Center, and the misguided “punishment” of all students for the actions by a few bad actors.It wasn’t just Monday’s altercation that upset parents, but there was a fight in the high school last week, too.
That fight took place between two girls in the ladies room, and was quickly broken up by a male resource officer. The fight was recorded and shared on social media, just like the fight on Monday. And just like so many other fights that have taken place this year.
The restrooms were closed after last week's incident, though Superintendent Jones indicated that the restrooms were not closed due to the fight, but rather due to a clogged drain.
The Superintendent was compelled to issue a statement yesterday about the fights, and what GHS is doing to make the situation better.
Jones indicated that the all of the events — the fights and closures of key areas of the building — have been out of the norm.
She said, "We obviously do not condone this kind of behavior and we do follow up vigorously with those who act aggressively. In addition, it has been concerning that so many students gathered to film while laughing and cheering others on. This too is being followed up by the administration in a thorough process."
Jones also reminded the community about the Anonymous Alerts app where students can report unsafe situations without fear of retribution.
She offered reminders about aggressive behavior, appropriate social media use and how to report unsafe situations to administrators.
GHS will also be taking a number of steps to make the situation better, including hosting meetings with students to reinforce expectations; enhancing security, SRO and administrative monitoring in and across the building; speaking to the students who recorded the fights and reminding students of legal consequences for social media posts, and reminding students about opportunities for counseling, support and how to find a sense of calm during lunch.
The Student Center is open again so students will not be forced to eat on the ground outside.
It’s reassuring that the school is taking this matter seriously, and hopefully these steps will create a meaningful impact on safety for students in the high school.