Three staff members injured, student fight at Parkside High School
SALISBURY, Md. – Three school staff members are recovering after being injured while trying to break up a fight between students at Parkside High School on Friday. The entire incident is under investigation and officials held a press conference on Friday to discuss what occurred and what will happen moving forward.
Investigators and school leaders revealed that there was a fight around 11:20 a.m. They say the fight allegedly got so bad that the staffers were forced to take action and got hurt in the process of breaking things up. They were taken to Peninsula Regional medical Center by ambulance but their injuries are “minor”.
The main takeaway from the press conference is that school officials are actively meeting with law enforcement and the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s office to find a resolution, even before Friday’s incident. Officials are now emphasizing their plans moving forward. They are working with other resources to evaluate their policies and find better ways to address students with behavioral or emotional problems.
“We are putting (resources) into helping students with social emotional and behavioral health issues. And so because we have the opportunity to add to those resources, we are going to be engaging with an outside entity who is going to assist us in looking at the very best way to make sure we are implementing those resources to the fullest extent that we can to the best of our ability,” says Wicomico County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes says the students may be charged once the investigation is complete. In the meantime, they will be disciplined according to the school’s policy.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a school resource officer was in the building but the staff members intervened before he arrived.
Superintendent Donna Hanlin says they are still investigating what started the fight between the students.