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VPS releases more details on Gaiser Middle School melee

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Tuesday offered more details on a March 15 brawl at Gaiser Middle School that ended in the arrest of nine children. Community members, meanwhile, called on the district to use the incident as an opportunity to reflect on how students of color have been impacted by recent police shootings.According to the updated statement from the school district, three students got into a confrontation at a middle school basketball tournament that evening, escalating into a “disturbance” involving 50 students and, eventually, the response of more than 30 law enforcement officials.“The issue reached a tipping point when several students assaulted district security officers as they attempted to remove a student from the school because of a confrontation with two other students,” according to the district statement. “The security officers were hit, pushed and punched by students.”From there, 28 students from seven schools were placed on emergency expulsion, a 10-day period allowing the school to investigate and determine final disciplinary action. That’s up from the 27 the district originally reported. Nine of those students also were arrested, and two face felony charges.“We’ve established processes for students who have been suspended or expelled to continue their learning,” the district said in the statement. “Demonstrate accountability, and re-enter the classroom in a responsible, productive manner.”last_img read more