TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Trotwood-Madison school district wants to reassure parents that they are doing all they can to keep students safe despite multiple fights breaking out at the high school this week.
School leaders held a news conference Friday to address concerns following the violence. You can watch the full conference below:
School officials want parents to know that the situation is under control and brighter days are on the horizon.
“Students here at Trotwood-Madison schools are safe. We, as a staff and an administration team, will do everything and anything we need to do to assure the safety and security of every staff member and student within our buildings,” says Superintendent Tyron Olverson.
With 11 students either in jail or the juvenile detention center, the school announced they have reviewed their safety plan and will make some changes.
First, the school plans to secure all entryways. Three non-students entered the building on Monday and started the first fight.
Secondly, the school will increase staff patrols during passing times and will even lock all classrooms during class, meaning students out of class will need to be escorted out of their rooms.
Thursday’s fight is said to have been “simmering” for months for weeks and may have involved unpaid debts.
Friday morning, community members gathered in front of the school to pray for the students and staff, hoping this week goes a long way in helping the community.
“The call to action is, first, continue to pray. Secondly, get involved. Get involved with the local school systems. Get involved with local organizations,” says School Board member Norman J. Scarce.
The group says that more mentors are needed in Trotwood.