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Springfield Public Schools chief explains security efforts and district response after fight Thursday during game at JFK Stadium

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Springfield Public Schools have opened an investigation after a brawl involving several students broke out Thursday night at JFK Stadium near Parkview High School.

The district says five middle school students were disciplined for disorderly conduct. The brawl broke out just outside a concession stand during a college football game.

School district police and on-site administrators responded quickly. The Springfield Police Department and several medical teams also responded to the stadium shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.

“These people were very efficient and quick in responding last night, and we are very grateful to them,” Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Stephen Hall said.

Hall says there is a very specific procedure for investigating incidents like this.

“We bring in individuals. We listen to their side of the story. And then, often, the information provided will lead to the next stage of the investigation. We’re also looking at surveillance footage from cameras on the property, and all of these pieces provide an image for those investigating the situation to take next action, ”Hall said.

Another fight took place at Kickapoo High School a few weeks ago. Hall says these incidents do not reflect the entire student body.

“We see students getting into altercations from time to time, and that is not acceptable behavior,” Hall said.

Last night’s rapid response is part of the district’s security protocols used across all of its 50 facilities.

“We also have proper supervision at all of our events. So we would continue to do what we have always done and implement the safety and security plans that we have in place and provide the proper oversight at our events, ”said Hall.

The district welcomes any video, evidence or advice to help it finalize its investigation into the incident. But Hall says parents and students need to know they can do it whenever there are safety concerns.

“This is a good thing, because we want people to feel that they can open up and share their concerns, whether they are validated or not. It’s up to us to follow up to investigate, ”Hall said.

The district says parents and students can call the school’s police dispatch line or text the report line if they have concerns. The shipping line is 417-523-2911. The text tip line is 417-319-2901.

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