(August 16, 2018) Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, multiple altercations involving students occurred at Arsenal Technical High School. While these incidents only involved a few students, more than one-hundred students observed as spectators. In addition to Indianapolis Public Schools Police, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department responded to provide support in resolving the situation.
Eight students suffered minor injuries. Most were treated on the scene, but three were transported to the hospital for further attention. One student hyperventilated, a second student had a hand injury and a third student injured their ankle.
Thirteen students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
“We greatly appreciate the quick response from IPS Police and IMPD to protect our students. We are fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with the Peace Learning Center whose mission is to teach conflict resolution and build peace throughout the Indianapolis community,” said Carrie Cline Black, IPS Spokesperson. “They have been working with our students as we have transitioned to our new high school experience. That work will continue throughout the school year.”
There will be several enhancements tomorrow to ensure a smooth school day including:
- Increased security by IPS Police, in cooperation with IMPD.
- The IPS Crisis Response Team, a group of counselors and social workers, has been activated and will be on campus to provide emotional support to students.
- Staggered lunches and a staggered school dismissal.