Five juveniles were arrested following a fight at City High School in Iowa City early Monday morning.
According to a press release from the Iowa City police department, police sent an officer to the high school for extra patrol as a precaution following an incident over the weekend that police anticipated might spill over into school.
The release said police were aware of the ongoing issues between the students involved, and additional officers responded to the school to help stabilize the situation after the fight broke out just before 7:30 a.m.
The five juveniles — three males and two females — were taken into custody after the fight and taken to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Facility, where they were accused of various charges including assault causing injury, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
In a letter to parents, City High Principal John Bacon said police were aware of the issue over the weekend, contacted the school, and decided to place an officer at City High Monday morning just in case a conflict arose. When the fight broke out, Bacon said the officer and school staff were able to respond right away, and the students involved were removed with multiple officer responding to the incident.
Bacon said the staff also acknowledged the incident over the school’s TV system and reassured the students that the situation had been handled.
“We did come on and just reassure them that everything was fine and had been handled,” Bacon said. “We wanted to acknowledge the difficult start to the day and tell them that their minds could be at ease, and it wasn’t a situation that would be ongoing and it had been resolved. We just wanted them to know everything was OK and we appreciated their cooperation and we encouraged them to have a good day at school.”
Bacon said Monday afternoon that parents should not be concerned, and the school will continue to work with police to ensure student safety and prevent further disruptions. He said the school is still working with police to determine whether it’s necessary to have an officer on campus other days this week.
“Fighting at school is taken very seriously by our high school and our school district,” Bacon said in the email. “Every measure will be taken to make sure no further disruption to our learning environment will occur.”