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District responds to reports of multiple fights at high school

11/22/2019

By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Matt Thompson has issued a statement via Facebook responding to reports of several fights this week at Montgomery County High School.

There have been numerous comments on social media about reported multiple fights at MCHS this week.

Several posters claim this is “fight week.”
Videos of reported fights at MCHS have also been circulating on social media.

One parent approached the board of education meeting Tuesday night to address an incident allegedly involving her son and was referred to MCHS principal Rocky Franz, who met with her outside the meeting.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Thompson responded to an Advocate inquiry about the reports, saying he was aware of two fights at the high school Monday and one Tuesday morning.

Thompson said students were also reminded Tuesday that they needed to be moving from class to class during class changes and not congregating or loitering in hallways.

Tuesday night Thompson posted a statement on Facebook addressing the social media firestorm. It read:

“Student and staff safety is always our No. 1 priority. We are aware of numerous social media posts and comments referencing a large number of fights over the past two days at Montgomery County High School. These posts and comments do not contain accurate information and exaggerate the number of events occurring. The truth is that there were far fewer incidents than referenced on social media and the vast majority of our students engaged in appropriate behavior. In the few cases, each situation was investigated, students involved were given due process and MCHS administration used the Code of Conduct to determine appropriate consequences. Administration and staff have increased supervision and are proactively addressing the matter with students. Our administrators investigate every situation that is reported and we encourage any parent with concerns about their child to share them with the appropriate administrators. We encourage our parents to be aware of what your children are posting on social media and when you see something concerning to reach out to us.”