Avoiding School Fights

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

A locker room fight caught on a camera phone at a high school in Augusta County has other counties taking a look at what to do to avoid school fights.

This fight comes on the heels of an incident at Harrisonburg High School where one student was accused of pulling a gun on fellow student in a locker room during winter break.

Don Ford, superintendent for Harrisonburg Public Schools, says, "You should never accept the premise that kids are going to be kids and use that as an excuse for behaviors that are unacceptable."

Ford says situations like this have been rare for his school district, and he adds that always having teachers present is the key to avoiding school fights.

He says, "By having staff members in the areas in which the students are, then I think we diminish the opportunity for students to actually get into behaviors that they shouldn't be in."

Ford says he is proud of how vigilant teachers at Harrisonburg High school have been.

"We have teachers that leave their classrooms and stand at the classroom doors to make sure the halls are supervised properly. It's not uncommon for us to have staff members who go into the men's and women's restrooms just to walk in and make sure things are going Okay," says Ford.

He says he also commends the students and recalls a trip to Harrisonburg High School Thursday where he observed students who say they know school grounds aren't the place for fights.

"I was impressed with a couple of the comments about even the issue of fighting," say the students.

"We know that we can't get away with fighting at school,"says Ford.

In response to the school fight caught on a camera phone at Riverheads, Augusta County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Gary McQuain, says there was supervision inside and outside that locker room.

He adds, "I think we have a very safe school system. The students involved have already been disciplined and we are committed to working with the sheriff's department and the Commonwealth's Attorney on whatever action they deem necessary."


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