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Problems at Palatka High School?

Police called in at local high school
Police called in at local high school
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Updated: 3/15/2010 8:14 pm
A fight between six girls sent dozens of kids to the emergency room. Now we're finding out, Palatka high school has had other problems in the last week.

Friday morning kids heard screaming in the hallway and saw a bunch of kids gathered around. "Some chick punched another chick," said James Blake.

Blake was in the school hallway when police say a girl pulled out pepper spray during a fight. Forty other students, including Austin Sterling had to be treated. "I walked into it and inhaled it. It was in my chest and my eyes started itching."

Sterling, along with 27 other students, went to the emergency room. This isn't the first problem inside Palatka high school in the last week. "They've been releasing us by hallways the last couple days because we've had some problems with it," said Blake.

The principal admits there have  been issues recently. "We've had some tensions in there," said Principal Deborah Decubellis. But she wouldn't say exactly what caused those tensions. "Just some words and things going back and forth between students. We're working closely with the sheriff's office and the black community."

The school wants teachers to keep an ear out too. "We're putting more staff members in the beginning, middle and end of the day to ensure the safety of our kids," said Principal Decubellis.

The principal plans to meet with parents on Monday night at the school at 6 p.m. so get their input on how to make sure this school is safe for their kids.
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madmatt - 3/15/2010 11:41 PM
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i think that the students involved should be expelled and the person who brought the pepper spray should reimburse the family of the student who was injured. also the students who were actually fighting should be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and assault. a police record or the threat of one would deter student violence in all schools.

sherriw8 - 3/13/2010 10:25 PM
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The high school my son attended made the decision not to travel and play at Palatka HS or allow Palatka HS teams to travel to our school. The Palatka players are rough, foul mouthed, and play to win at all costs. Their fans are very disrespective. Just one month ago, a PHS player was heard telling the official score keepers at another high school basketball game to "Stop the clock b***h." as he ran back to the bench. During basetball season, it is interesting to count the number of extra off duty officers schools hire when Palatka HS boys basketball comes to town. I would venture to say most double if not triple the number of off duty police.

THE WASP - 3/13/2010 9:09 PM
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GEE !!!! HARD TO IMAGINE TROUBLE WITH BLACKS ISN'T IT ? THE GHETTO REACHES ALL THE WAY TO PALATKA.

ashleygirl31 - 3/13/2010 11:14 AM
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First of all, why was the student carrying pepper spray to school? She was probably afraid. Schools are dangerous these days. They all need to tighten up on kids..maybe then they will stop behaving like little thugs!
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