LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- Several students involved in a fight caught on video outside Lawrence North High School Tuesday will not be allowed to return to school.
The video, which was taken outside the high school and posted on YouTube, shows a group of students attacking each other as other students try to step in. Several students can also be seen crowding around the fight and cheering each other on until two security guards step in and pull the students apart.
A statement released by the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township on Thursday called the altercation "entirely unacceptable."
The school district said full disciplinary measures have been taken against the students involved in the fight and they will not be returning to school.
A video of the fight was posted to YouTube on Tuesday – you can watch that video below.
Caution: Video contains aggressive action and foul language. Discretion is advised.
You can read the full statement from the MSD of Lawrence Township below.
The behavior demonstrated by several students outside of one of our high schools yesterday was entirely unacceptable. As evidenced in this unfortunate video, security guards were close by and were able to break up the altercation and quickly involve building administration. The principal was on site, immediately became involved, and has made direct contact with those students and their parents.
The internet, specifically social media, has facilitated a public platform for the glorification of unacceptable behavior, as evidenced in this video. Acts of youth aggression and violence in schools and the subsequent internet and media attention reflect issues that must be dealt with in our community, starting at home.
Full disciplinary measures are being taken against those students involved, and they will not be returning to Lawrence North High School.
This isn't the first issue Lawrence North has had with fighting in school this year. In September, a fight between two female students was caught on video. The attacker, in that case, was expelled.
Fights have been a growing problem in many central Indiana schools this year.
In Indianapolis, six students were arrested following a fight near Northwest High School back in August where an officer was injured. Because it was after school and off-campus, the students were not punished by the district.
Multiple fights at Arsenal Tech High School prompted a campus-wide lockdown last month. Police were called to assist school officers and the district said they were working on getting upgraded protocols in place for such incidents.
Another fight at Arsenal Tech the week after that led to a mother pulling her daughter out of the school because of abuse. And a 9-year-old was arrested and handcuffed at a Franklin school last month after his father says he was fighting back against bullies.
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