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4 high school students in custody after fight

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Some parents say crime at Shelby County Schools has gone too far after another incident ended in the arrest of four students. 

The students were taken into custody by Memphis police officers after a fight at Oakhaven High School on Friday morning.

“I'm getting to the point to where I don't know which schools to put my kids in,” said parent Tomika Brown.

Oakhaven High School freshman Jocelyn Jones says she saw the fight that broke out around 9 a.m. involving four boys.

Jones says pepper spray was used to break up the fight, causing her to go home sick from chest pains after inhaling the spray. However, Shelby County Schools say no pepper spray was used.

Jones described the fight as chaotic.

"I saw blood, scratches, somebody with a swollen eye," she said.

Jones' mother rushed to the school to pick her up Friday morning.

“I'm like, 'What's really going on. Why are they having all of these fights?'” wondered Brown

Shelby County Schools say no one was taken to the hospital or seriously hurt during the incident at Oakhaven High School.

Just this week, on Wednesday, Memphis police responded to a stabbing outside of Wooddale High School. Then, there was a fight at Sheffield High School on Thursday. And earlier in the week, an 18-year-old was arrested, accused of bringing a loaded gun inside Westwood High School.

Shelby County Schools released this statement Friday:

“In addition to regular security procedures that are in place, we have a number of programs dedicated to counseling students who show signs of going down the wrong path. We focus on prevention and intervention, as students today are faced with problems and temptations outside the walls of our schools. For example, the GRASSY program focuses on reducing gang activity within our schools.

We also have ways students, parents, teachers and community members can anonymously report illegal activity within our schools through Tip Soft. Through a partnership with CrimeStoppers, they can receive a cash reward for these tips and school staff members will never know who reported it. Sometimes students are apprehensive to report something to school staff out of fear a classmate will see them leaving the employee's office. Tip Soft gives them a way to report tips to an outside party.”

Click here to learn more about the programs offered at Shelby County School and their security measures: http://www.scsk12.org/uf/security/other.php

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