MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police were stationed outside of the James Madison Academic Campus as students were let out of school, after a rash of violent incidents at the school. Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett spoke out about the violence Tuesday, and says he's been in contact with the Milwaukee County District Attorney, and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton, after two fights broke out Monday, and 11 were arrested after fights at the school on Friday.
Alicia Johnson's son attends Madison High School in Milwaukee. Johnson says she was concerned about her child's safety when she saw video captured by FOX6 cameras Monday as two separate incidents erupted outside of the school. One girl was carried away by her arms and legs, and it took four adults to restrain her. "Fights, and things like that, you never know. Kids carry all kinds of things now," Johnson said.
Police say there was an altercation between an adult who doesn't attend the school, and a 15-year-old female student over an accusation that the student took a phone belonging to another student. Officers say the female student who owned the phone called the adult to the school.
After that incident, police say a fight broke out between two young men who attend night school at the school, and a student pushed a Milwaukee police officer to the ground, injuring his back. Two of these male students could face disorderly conduct charges. The student accused of pushing the officer to the ground could face charges that include disorderly conduct and battery to a police officer.
Mayor Barrett says schools are trying to do everything they can to combat this recent violence, but says it will take a collaborative effort to solve the issue. "We have to have the parents, the community, the police. Everybody has to make sure that schools are safe for all our children," Mayor Barrett said.
In addition to that, Johnson says beefing up security at the school is important as well.
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