IPS: Six students will face disciplinary action following altercations at Arsenal Tech

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At least six students will face disciplinary action following altercations at Arsenal Tech High School Friday morning, said a school official.

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesperson John Althardt said four students were involved in one fight and then two other students were involved in a separate altercation.  The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. outside the auditorium.

One student was transported to an area hospital.  Althardt said it was just a cautionary measure.

Several students reported pepper spray was used to break up the fights.  However, school officials will not confirm if security personnel used pepper spray.

Fox59 is investigating this incident and will have reports beginning at 4 p.m. on Fox59 News.

80 comments

  • why??

    they used paper spray on like 30 people and I'm not exagerating because IPS police can not aim for the life of them.

    • mynamismyne

      You say 30 people got sprayed? Tech has how many students, 2000-2500 maybe? So at least 1970 didn't get sprayed. Sounds like good aim to me. Maybe next time the other 30 will make better choices.

  • leslly

    ips police gets away with too much, they pepper spray kids for no reason. They need to worry about the kids safety instead of hurting them

    • Ignorant People

      First off, they do not pepper spray anyone without reason. Have you ever seen an officer walk into a school and spray random people? NO. Secondly, because of all the dumb people standing around watching the fight/egging on the fight/contributing to the problem, police and security guards had no choice but to pepper spray. I find no sympathy for anyone in the path of the pepper spray

    • james

      Us tech kids know wat really happened we was there, those school police used pepper spray on everybody inside & outside the cafeteria the officer is the reason the girl got sent to the hospital she was slammed hard and pepper sprayed

    • mynamismyne

      The school police not only sprayed you but they also hit you with yourself? Thanks for the info. No way I'm messing with someone who can hit me with myself.

  • Brad

    These little gangster animals own our city. These animals have NO fear of the repercussions of their actions.

    They have NO fear of the police

    They have NO fear of the teachers

    I see the liberals are yelling about he kids getting sprayed,,good for the Police, I hope that these animals got a big face full fo pepper spray for starting this fight. These animals could care less about an education. Where are these little animals parents?….Well, I think we all know where they are.

    • danny

      The extra people who got sprad didn't start the fight ,and yes there were kids that was sprad and they had nothing to do with the situation and one of the students who had asthma i knew her. And yes most of the people here at tech do come for an education. Dont ever put the student who wont an education with the student who dont.__

      • Becky

        Hey Danny, You are a shining example of the IPS system..may I suggest that you learn how to spell and write correctly then start commenting here? If you are the future of our country, Im very afraid.

      • Societal Problems

        Here is an educated solution. Do not stand there and watch the fight take place! Of course anyone dumb enough to stick around amplifying the situation will get pepper sprayed (not sprad).

    • T Howard

      There should be NO reason for them to fear the SECURITY GUARDS that work at the school…

      There should be NO reason for them to fear the teachers that work at the school….

      They're put there for safety (IE…security) and to teach (IE..teachers).
      I would not send my kids to ANY school where they had to fear anyone that is on staff. As far as your animal comments go….just goes to show that ignorance still runs rampant in the world…Enjoy your day Brad…with your mouth closed….not speaking to the ANIMALS that work with you because I AM SOOOOOO sure that you will never let that come out of your mouth in front of one of the ANIMALS as you call them.

    • Sarah

      Keep in mind that not everyone there is a bad person. I'm a student there and not everyone deserves that. Don't speak bad about us because of a few bad eggs. I have friends who got pepper sprayed because they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    • Tara

      OK Brad you are what is wrong with our children today people like you should never be allowed to breed these are CHILDREN NOT ANIMALS!!!!! Maybe if these were treated like children instead of adults things would begin to change…would you pepper spray a child??? That is what the school police did, no one had a weapon it was just a fight if grown men that are put there to protect our children cannot deal with some young girls fist fighting without spraying the entire area and everyone else then maybe we need some new school police YOU SIR ARE AN IDIOT!!!!

    • courtney

      First of all we are not animals the reason why that girl went to the hospitle is beccause a Cop tackled her to the ground and made her have a seizure she was twitching.. but I go to tech we just have the occaisional fight

  • the guild

    this is at least the third incident involving this partiucalr group of students notably the tech cheerleaders

    • ATHs Student

      There was only ONE Tech Cheerleader involved and its not just becasue of The Tech Cheerleaders who got this started so know your facts !

  • the guild

    actually all of this stems from certain factions-notably the tech cheerleaders and some of their well-known sexual orientation

  • Jake

    All of these teenagers are complaining that they got pepper sprayed. Well you shouldn't have been fighting nor cheering them on to fight. You got what you deserved and this is a lesson for you about growing up and taking responsibility for your uncivilized actions.

    • Sarah

      Believe it or not a lot of those people weren't cheering on the fight. The police just sprayed every which way and at anyone that happened to be there.

  • LaRon Venable

    IAM ONEE THE STUDENTS AT ARSENAL TECH WHO WITNESS THE STUDENT THAT WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WAS BECAUSE OF THE OFFICERS UNECSSARY ROUGHNESS WITH THE STUDENT THAT WAS 120 POUNDS SOAKIN WET HE SLAMMED(OFFICER CALDWELL) THE LITTLE GIRL ON HER HEAD NOT CAUSE OF HER FIGHT ALTERCATION BECAUSE OF HIS INSECURITY TO THE PUBLIC YOU KNOW TRYING TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF A STUDENT WHO WAS FIGHTING THIS HAS TO STOP TECH SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR MORE ANSWERS TO WHAT HAPPEN ON THIS DAY FOLLOW ME @DatHOULEM_23 and im also reporting a police report for the altercation i had to go threw i have teachers and student as my witness IVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!

    • Michelle

      La Ron,I am really hoping that your above post is a joke. If not, who ever let you graduate from middle school should be fired.If this is an example of what our young people are learning, we are in big trouble.LaRon,please get a tutor or something.

  • the guild

    similar incident yesterday –BTW–disturbances are happening during pre-school breakfast period in tech cafeteria

  • the guild

    also within past 2 weeks –an incident occurred between tech cheerleaders and tech girls basketball tema members during return trip from Brownsburg game

    • ATHS Student

      Sorry but the Tech Cheerleaders and Girls Basketball team was never on a trip together nor was in an incident with one another

  • laugh

    i went to tech abou 4 yrs ago and its rough here the kids have no respect for anyone the officers have to do whats best for hem bc they can carry a weapon and if peppersrsying kids is the answer then they should do it bc if is 4 kids and alot more around u never know who is gonna jump in and help the other kids so that makes it 5 or more kids vs 2 officers so yea i think the officers were in the right they were protecting others along with there selfs

    • Randel

      That is the longest sentence I have ever read..If you are a typical Tech graduate, that school needs to be shut down fast.

  • the guild

    certain sexual orientation preferences among female Tech students are the root of this unruly behavior –get-it ? folks ty

  • Guest 23

    Plenty of Tech students respect their teachers and administrators. And I have seen the same respect given to students by the adults. People will have bad behavior once in a while. I am a student mother, on campus this morning, and was locked down with everyone else. I am proud of the way the students and teacher I was with handled themselves. Life goes on. These girls and the security officers will have to account for their actions.

  • disturbed

    I don't know about the fight or the police officer's use of pepper spray but I am a little disturbed that high school students from Tech are posting comments with such poor grammer and are unable to spell simple words. I don't understand how they made it to high school if they can't write any better than some of the comments posted.

  • DE'ANGELO P

    As iM READING THIS COMMENTS.ITS VERY HARD TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE.,YOU HAVE PEOPLE CALLIKNG(KIDS)ANIMALS,GHETTO,ROUGH && ETC..PEOPLE ARE COMMENTING ON THIS POST JUST TO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.BUT LISTEN I AM A TECH STUDENT && THE EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE TODAY WAS VERY CRAZY,EVERYONE KNOWS TECH HAS A BAD NAME ALREADY(THATS NOT NOTHING NEW)WHAT REALLY GOT ME IS WHEN THE OFFICERS JUST RAN && SPRAYING(NOT AIMING AT ANY,JUST AT EVERYONEE!!!THATS VERY DANGEROUS && COULD HAVE GOT ALOT OF PEOPLE INJURED,ALSO 4-6 GIRLS JUMPING 2 KIDS ARE NOT OK AN ANY TYPE OF WAY OR FORM..SEIN A OFFICER THROW(SLAMM) A 120-130 POUND GIRL ON THE CEMENT IS NOT EITHER.I FEEL AS THOUGH THE OFFICER COULDVE HANDLED IT ANOTHER WAY!!SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE && I HOPE FOX IS REALLY READING THESE COMMENTS BECAUSE SOMETHINGS HAVE TO GIVE WITH THIS SITUTATION..THE PRINCIPAL &7 EVRYBODY ARE TRYNA BE MAD && UPSET AT THE KIDS..BUT DONT BE MAD AT US WE WERE NOT THE ONES SWINGING OR JUMPING PEOPLE..(THE CHEERLEADERS NEED TO BE HANDLED!!!MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE TWINS..also pe4ople stop judgeing us you guys do not know are lives && honestly would you want any of these events to happen to your kids????

      • Parent

        One the Cheerleaders didn't jump anyone if you don't know the story from the beginning or know who was all involved then you Have NO Comment to make what needs to be done to The Cheerleaders

  • Bertie Bassett

    Oh my god. Can no-one write a sentence without a spelling mistake, grammar mistake etc.? Reading these comments is so depressing. You all need to go back to elementary school and start again. You're in high school yet express yourself like that? Try focusing on education rather that whatever it is you do at school.

    • Guest

      To imagine….you're telling someone to write a sentence without a spelling or grammar mistake and the last thing that you write is……..try focusing on education rather THAT whatever it is you do at school….spell check works for everyone…….

  • Anonymous

    This whole thing is ridiculous,I’m a tech student & that officer was in the wrong for slamming that girl the way he did.

    • safety guy

      Since you spelled everything correctly and weren't typing like you were texting a friend, I will take your comment as credible.

  • Anonymous

    Tech campus has too much freedom & most of the students take it for granted. Im a tech student & there do be a lot of pointless drama & it’s just irrelevant . They need to grow up because fighting isn’t going to get you anywhere in life except dead or behind bars. People complain so much about the violence in the world but yet your not doing anything to prevent it.

  • T Howard

    What is a shame is that the people that are commenting on this story are more focused on THE GRAMMAR of the people that are commenting rather than the safety of the students remaining at Tech or the student that was sent to the hospital. No matter what the situation is a GROWN MAN should not take a GROWN WOMAN…LET ALONE A CHILD…and toss or slam them in any way. If this is in fact what happened today, there should be some type of disciplinary action taken against the security guard. Don't get me wrong….the girls that were involved with the fight should be disciplined as well, not only the security guard. To the person that asked "where are these kids parents"…duh probably at work…do you go to school with your kids?

    • David

      If kids were more focused on learning, instead of bullying and causing fights, there would be better grammar and spelling from these kids who are posting, and we could focus on the issue at hand… Wait… There wouldn't be an issue.
      The fact that these are high school kids who can't type as well as my 7 year old is very depressing.

  • David

    The fact that these high school kids can't spell or type as well as my 10 year old is upsetting. It shows the state of our school system. Very sad.
    Anyway… would you all rather have had the officer pull his gun and risk it going off and killing someone? Chances are he was outnumbered, and the spray was the only thing that worked to disperse the crowd. I feel sorry for the security and teachers who have to deal with today's youth.
    In my day, the principle was the only thing needed to keep the peace. Once in a while the football coach would get called upon to help break up a fight, but I don't ever remember police getting called to the school.

    • Parent

      David,
      I don't think it's the School system at fault. But many other factors. There are many children at I.P.S who come from broken homes and do not have a positive example of any kind. It is my guess that if you were to change the School system the problem would follow. The problem isn't the school it's the lack of parenting. I am sure you have heard it 100 times but it is the truth.

  • man

    man did u guys talk about how the officer slammed the girl to the floor causing to combulpsionate thets y she was at the hospital

  • student

    I am a Tech student and I find it a bit offending that that people are calling me ghetto and uneducated when they haven't ever met me..

  • jackie

    I am a student of New tech magnet program. The the school police have used pepper stay multiple times to break up fights and other altercations. I'm tierd of this school lieing to the public. Most of this kids are mostly minors. This school doesn't check student health records. They could be very allergic to this pepper spray, and they use it quiete often. We have fights at least once every two weeks. They use pepper spray everytime. So why is the school refuseing to answer if they used pepper spray? Because the lie to the public. I'm very tierd of this school pre tending they are prefect. We clearly need change. This is NOT an isolated incident.

    – jackie

    • William

      Jackie just stop. You are making absolutely zero sense. And while you are at it stop acting like fools and the officials will stop treating you like animals.

    • mynamismyne

      Jackie, where do I begin. If the school police use pepper spray to break up fights and the "minors" dont want to be sprayed then dont fight. If they have allergies, dont be around fights. It's not rocket science.

  • Tyrone shoe laces

    Quit whining about pepper spraying these poor babies! I commend the use of force and or chemicals that got this situation under control as quickly as possible. There are plenty of examples of what happens when the mob mentality kicks in.
    Put down and put it down quickly.
    The sad thing now is that we'll have to listen to the "parents" claim how poor shiniqua or la'quinta was roughed up by the big bad popo. Then those purposeful faith leaders will step forward with some insightful words.

  • unowutopinionsrlike

    HOW ABOUT NOT GIVING THE OFFICERS A REASON FOR ANY OF THAT AND JUST BEHAVE YOURSELVES??!! Seriously, the spelling and grammar out of every tech student on here is worse than third graders. Don't like being called ghetto? Don't like being called animals? QUIT ACTING LIKE IT!
    FOOLS!

  • Brenda

    I pray that your post is a joke…i have a fourth grader that can can spell better than this…heaven help us if this is what IPS is putting out.

  • Ray

    Is anyone else appalled at the grammar and the spelling in the posts by Tech students. If this is what Tech is teaching, they need to shut that place down fast.I am stunned at what I have seen from these students. It sounds to me like the principal of this school is a failure in many ways.These kids have no chance in life with writing skills like this.

    • Tyrone shoe laces

      This isn't the warden's ah uh principles failure. IPS pumps these contributions to society out by the hundreds every year. Parents are by far the biggest issue. Our tax dollars at work. We just keep paying to feed the system.

  • Current Tech Senior

    These students do NOT represent all of the student body. Fights happen at all high schools, yet they get blown up because the media likes to portray our students as violent and disrespectful. The news if full of vulgar stories of death and violence, because we humans love to see destruction. We stop and stare at the car wrecks and burning buildings. These stories get ratings. The good that happens at Tech isn't news worthy, like the fact that my two friends and I won an award at the recent VEX robotics competition, or the fact that the Techoir is going to Disney. Do NOT judge our high school from the media perspective, because tech is a fine, yet underrated school.

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