Five Students Arrested in Jefferson High School Fights

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

Five Jefferson High School students are arrested after what police are calling gang-related fights at the school Wednesday. Many parents and students say violence like this is becoming the norm at Jefferson.
Students 23 News spoke to say Wednesday's fights were not as bad as the near-riot that shut down Jefferson back in September, after principal Kenneth Jackson was temporarily suspended. But they say continued violence makes them feel unsafe at their school.
A student sent 23 News video of the fights. Rockford school district leaders say the fighting started around 1:00 in the cafeteria during lunch. They describe the incidents as "name-calling, pushing and shoving" between a few dozen students. They say no one was hurt and classes were not interrupted. But many parents came in early to pick up their kids.
One student says violence is getting out of hand. She says another student attacked her during class Thursday.
"She pounced on me and punched me and tried to pull me over the teacher's shoulder, the teacher was between us trying to stop us. Parents need to get involved, something needs to happen. Teachers are here to teach. Not to be security guards," says Jefferson junior Colleen Lang.
The five students arrested Wednesday faces charges from disordly conducted, to resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and aggravated battery of a probation officer. Principal Jackson suspended all five of those students. He declined further comment. Classes are on as scheduled Thursday.
District leaders are working on a number of initiatives right now to improve school security. They are training all teachers on emergency response tactics. As well as attempting to bring more security guards and hall monitors into the schools and investing in an electronic notification system to instantly alert parents when an emergency occurs.

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  • by news 21, better than 23 Location: jefferson high school on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    the news tried to cover up someone being shot in the leg, a boy getting cut on the arm and a pregnant girl going to the hospital. i dont like being at jefferson. id rather be out of state. where i come from, chicago, is nothing like this at all. its worser! no names, no games, no playin. and im really high, but i know what im saying.
  • by idk Location: rockford on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    I think that this violence needs to stop because i have many friends at Jefferson and i dont want them hurt
  • by Jessica Location: Rockford on Nov 29, 2007 at 02:51 PM
    Okay. I do not understand why the news is so concerned about Jefferson. Other schools have worse situations. Auburn had a stabbing not that long ago. That was only on the news for one day. Jefferson isn't as bad as some people might think.
  • by Garrett Location: JHS on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    Its was not that bad in 5th hr lunch but 7th hr lunch was the worst
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    As soon as something happens at Jefferson people want to make it look like that's just a bad school what about the things that happens at Guilford, that get covered up. The problem, the parents is not involved in these students schooling, I have seen this first hand. We need to go back in time when I was coming up in school where the teacher can paddle you in front of the class you as a student straighten up then. When they came up with you can whip your kids that's child abuse that's when things got out of control with our kids. That child fill like you can't tell them anything. I'm tired of hearing the nagative, what about the GOOD Dr. Jackson has done for that school and the students.
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