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TUSD investigating Sahuaro High School fight

Posted at 3:44 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 01:11:42-04

Tucson Unified School District is investigating a fight that happened on Sahuaro High School grounds Wednesday.

A parent sent KGUN9 video of the fight Wednesday night.

TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo told KGUN9 five students were involved, but there were no serious injuries. School monitors broke up the fight.

Trujillo also said that while school monitors broke up the fight, district funding contributes to the issue of there not being enough staff.

The school district is treating this as an assault on one student. The four other students will not be at school pending the investigations. Trujillo said Tucson Police is not involved in the investigation at this time.

TUSD says it is aware of the incident and has assigned additional security to the school.

Sahuaro officials held a community forum at the school auditorium Friday night to address concerns and questions from parents. 

Principal Roberto Estrella said the victim is going to be okay and feels safe to return to school. 

The district released the following statement:

The Sahuaro Administration continues to investigate the fight that occurred on campus yesterday.  District Leadership, TUSD School Safety and TPD are actively supporting our investigation.  The incident is not an example of how our students conduct themselves on a daily basis. We are concerned for the victim and will be offering services for this student when he returns.  The individuals responsible for this incident are not on campus.  We have been in contact with their families.  After the results of our findings, we will be holding all students responsible for the incident accountable within the guidelines of the District’s Student Code of Conduct. 
In the meantime, we are using every available school personnel for monitoring and visibility.  TUSD School Safety and TPD are supporting our school with officer presence.  We also established no standing zones in areas that are typically congested.  We are very pleased with how our students have been responding.  School has been operating smoothly today and we have not seen any continuing disruptions related to this incident.    The safety of our students are top priority. 
If anyone in the community has any information about the incident they are encourage to call the school at 731-7103 or School Safety at 584-7676.

Estrella said all four Sahuaro monitors were in their assigned area or responding to a call at the time of the fight. He said the code of conduct allows monitors to restrain a student if they pose a harm to others. 

Some parents expressed concerns at the meeting on Friday that fights are ongoing at Sahuaro, while others said their children have never felt unsafe attending school. Several parents offered to be volunteer campus monitors to keep an eye on things. 

Trujillo said there have been five fights at Sahuaro since the start of the school year. 

Stay with KGUN9 and for more updates.