Milwaukee Public Schools Steps Up Security After High School Fights

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Milwaukee Public Schools is stepping up security after a rash of fights where police officers were injured trying to break up students. Two of those incidents happened at Madison High School.

There was also a fight at Washington High School last week where no one was injured. MPS does not want handcuffed students to be a routine sight.

"We will deal with these incidents because we take them seriously, but we will not let that detract from our mission to educate 80,000 students," MPS spokesman Tony Tagliavia said. Eight students were arrested at Madison on Friday. Police said an officer was kicked in the face and had to stun a female student with a Taser.

Then, on Monday, during a fight between an adult and a student, an officer was shoved and injured his back. "Our school's getting very bad. It's getting out of control, out of hand. We need to get some more, better staff to help us out," freshman Michael McKinney said.

That's exactly what MPS is doing. "We did bring extra safety aids in today, and because we've had incidents around dismissal time, we expect to bring even more (aides) at that time because our first priority is the safety of these students," Tagliavia said.

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