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April 23, 2008

Student Fights At Toki Middle School Posted Online

Disturbing video showing girls engaged in vicious fights on the Toki Middle School grounds popped up on the popular Web site YouTube.

The video, which was posted on April 19, featured a fight between girls outside the school and one from inside the building.

Madison police confirmed that they responded to fights at Toki on Thursday, April 17 and one on Friday, April 18, but can't say whether the fights were the same ones posted online.

"School staff are very aware not only of the videos, but of the things that happened," said Madison Superintendent Art Rainwater. "The students have been identified and are being dealt with through the discipline system in the ways that are appropriate for what the incident was."

That discipline could include suspension. Rainwater said the incidents are so new the discipline process is still ongoing.

The incidents come one month after extra security was added to the school in the form of an additional security guard and a dean of students to deal specifically with problematic students.

The additional safety measure came at the request of Toki parents who felt the school was unsafe with escalating violence all year.

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Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 23, 2008 12:01 AM
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