Schenectady County

Fights spur high school lockout

Schenectady High School tightened security this week after a feud between two groups of students spi
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Schenectady High School tightened security this week after a feud between two groups of students spilled onto school grounds.

No one was arrested, hurt or suspended, police and school officials said.

On Wednesday, several students fought on high school grounds, prompting the school to go into “lockout” mode, said district spokeswoman Karen Corona.

Lockout means that no one can enter or leave the school building, although they are free to move within the school, she said. The school remained in lockout until dismissal time; it was the first lockout this year, she said.

Police department spokesman Lt. Brian Kilcullen said the two groups of students — he would not call them gangs — started bothering each other over the weekend. On Sunday, they had a fight, which was repeated Wednesday on school grounds.

Police responded to the high school Wednesday with three officers, joining the two school-based resource officers in monitoring the situation, Kilcullen said.

Extra officers were stationed at the school Thursday and Friday. Corona said no more incidents were reported on those days.

Corona said students involved in the fights were sent home and that school principals spoke with their parents. The students were allowed to return to school Thursday and Friday, she said.

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