District responds to viral fight videos at Southfield A&T high school

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 7, 2020

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Officials at Southfield Public Schools said they have a zero tolerance policy for fighting after three fights caught on camera recently went viral. 

The videos started gaining traction on social media around Feb. 4, but it was not clear at press time when the fights actually took place. 

In one video, students can be seen fighting in a hallway at Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, 24675 Lahser Road. In another, it appears as though a group of students is fighting in a classroom, and another in a gym. 

Anika Corbett, the director of communications for SPS, said any fight within the district is unacceptable, and while multiple fights have been captured on video lately, that is not the norm at SPS. 

Southfield A&T “is a great place filled with great people, doing great things. The district has reiterated our position related to fighting with our stakeholders, which includes students, parents and staff,” Corbett said in an email. 

Students who don’t comply with the district’s policy could be suspended or expelled, she said. 

“We have no tolerance for future fighting incidents, and those who do not comply with this policy will be subject to immediate suspension and/or expulsion,” Corbett said in an email.  

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said police are not yet involved in the altercations. 

“If the involved students or their parents file a police report, we investigate the incident,” Loussia said in an email.

Corbett said that in order to curb future fights, staff will continue to undergo professional development. 

“School board policies exist to ensure safety for both students and staff. We will continue providing staff professional development to mitigate future fights from happening and steps to address the incident,” she said. “The district invests in preventative efforts and is committed to teaching, practicing and reinforcing behaviors that result in positive academic and social outcomes for our students.”

School Board President Charles Hicks did not return a request for comment by press time. 

Call Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at (586) 279-1108. 

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