A high school teacher was assaulted during a school fight Friday afternoon and security used pepper spray on students.
The teacher was taken to the hospital after being injured during the disturbance at the African-Centered College Preparatory Academy.
The school's football game for Friday night has been rescheduled for Monday night. It wasn't immediately clear whether it was related or not to the fight.
Kansas City police rushed to the scene after a large disturbance at school starting at 12:55 a.m.
Several ambulances were sent to the scene. Several students were treated at the scene after being sprayed with the pepper spray.
The disturbance began unfolding after a student pulled a fire alarm as a way to start a fight.
While outside, the fight erupted. The students were ordered back inside the school auditorium as a way to restore order.
While in the auditorium, a group of students began fighting. Security dispersed pepper spray in order to get the situation under control.
A student captured the video on a smartphone. Click above to watch the melee.
The African-Centered College Preparatory Academy is at 3500 E. Meyer Blvd. In recent years, an outside group had run the school, but the district ended that contract earlier this year. The district took over operations starting July 1.
Students told KCTV5 that the fight stemmed from smack talk involving gangs, violence and family. Some students and their parents are concerned that more violence will erupt.
"I feel like I'm not safe," Taylor Iyles, a seventh grader, said. "I feel like I don't have anybody to trust."
Tony Iyles said he wants to remove "my baby out of this school as soon as possible."
Some students said there was less fighting last year than this year now that the district is overseeing the school again. One student attributed the escalated violence due to a lack of leadership and management by district personnel.
"There will be zero tolerance policy enforced for those students who violate the KCPS Student Code of Conduct. Students that do not adhere to the code will be removed from the school," district spokesman Andre Riley said in a statement late Friday afternoon.
The district will add extra security to the school.
The district says it will hold group meetings with students and parents to roll out new administrative and disciplinary measures. Extra staff will also be assigned to the building for added oversight.
Here is the district's statement in its entirety:
KCPS will take a series of important steps to address the circumstances that contributed to a pair of fire alarm activations and subsequent physical confrontations today at the African-Centered College Preparatory Academy.
First, KCPS is pleased no students were seriously injured as a result of the physical confrontations. Those who came in contact with law-enforcement style chemical sprays used to end the incident were treated at the scene, with at least three students transported to local hospitals.
KCPS will be meeting with students and parents in group meetings during the upcoming week to roll-out new administrative and disciplinary measures. In addition, extra personnel will be assigned to the building to provide oversight and control. Specifics will be provided to students and families first, with additional information placed on the KCPS web site following those meetings; notifications for the parent meeting will be made via automated phone call. Overall, the goal is to re-establish a safe and healthy learning environment for students seeking to obtain a college preparatory education.
KCPS believes every student is entitled to a healthy and safe learning environment, and is committed to ensuring that standard is met. Parents or community members with concerns may contact the KCPS Parent Information Line at (816) 418-7556 during normal business hours.
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