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Officials express frustration over school violence

Officials at Memphis City Schools expressed frustration Friday after a lunchroom brawl Thursday morning led to the arrests of over a dozen students.

Memphis City Schools Interim Superintendent Dan Ward said his staff is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the schools safe.

"That kind of behavior is stupid, unacceptable, and unproductive," Ward said.

Ward said teachers have his full support, and asked students for theirs. 
"The consequences are too great for our young futures to bear," he said.

It has been a turbulent week for Memphis schools. Earlier this week, two male students got into a fight outside Pyramid Academy.  It escalated into a brawl between 31 students.

Also this past week, two fights broke out inside Northside High School.  Fourteen male students fought on the first floor, and two female students on the second.

Chief Academic Officer Alfred Hall said the school system is revisiting protocol with staff to reach out to the children.

"(We're) seeking some of our student leaders," Hall said. "We think that they are very vital to sharing information as they get it."

School Security Chief Sam Moses said the district would bring in additional manpower as the school year comes to a close.

"These being the last days of school, the weather is beginning to change, so we will be putting additional security at all of our schools," Moses said.

In the past, the last day of school has often been a day when officials see the most violence in schools. 

With a total of nearly 50 students involved in all the fights, the school system asked for patience as they seek conclusion to its investigations.

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