Friday, February 15, 2013
Security is tight at a Minneapolis High School today after a brawl erupted during lunch on Thursday.
Thursday afternoon, the lunchroom at Minneapolis' South High School descended into pandemonium as scores of students—as many as 300, by some accounts—started brawling. Police eventually used pepper spray to disperse the crowds. The fight seems to have been sparked when students jumped into a physical confrontation between two of their classmates. The battle occurred against a backdrop of tension between the school's Somali and African-American communities. Minneapolis schools spokesperson Stan Alleyne said he thinks a certain amount of fighting is par for the course. "In a high school, any high school in America, there are going to be fights from time to time," Alleyne said, according to MPR on Thursday. "South High is a safe school. Did …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The county's attorney Mike Freeman asks for citizens to help keep school safe.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman used this week's Hennepin Justice Minute to address school safety. "We can't guarantee school security without [citizens'] help," Freeman says. "We'll be involved too, to make sure our schools are as safe and secure as they can be." To see Freeman's full address, click the play button on the video above.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sheriff Rich Stanek reminds citizens not to hesitate to call 911.
Editor's Note: The following is a release from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The effects of the events in Newtown, Connecticut have been felt nationwide. People throughout the country – along with people here in Hennepin County – are reviewing public safety information – especially as it relates to schools and campuses. As you may know, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office works in partnership with local law enforcement and school administration on the important public safety goal of keeping schools secure. This week, and in the coming days, the law enforcement community has been increasing their visibility near schools across Hennepin County with additional squad cars and uniformed officers and deputies in an effort to reassure …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Back-to-school advice about how much students should be carrying to school.
As students head back to school this fall, they have to get used carrying a full backpack again. Textbooks, notebooks, assignment planner and binders can quickly weigh down even the strongest student. Jonathan Olson of Nokomis Chiropractic said parents should keep an eye on how much their children—especially those who are still growing—are carrying to school. “Kids should carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight,” Olson said. All the things students carry to school can add up quickly. “You’re talking about kids who sometimes weigh 50 pounds, carrying a 20-pound backpack.” In order to tell if their kids are carrying too much, parents need to listen to what kids say and watch how they act. “Complaints from the kids will be…