Superintendent: District will not tolerate unacceptable student behavior
N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2017) -- Albany High School and Tony Clement Center
for Education will be closed Friday to allow staff to conduct a thorough
investigation of the incidents that led to Thursday’s early dismissal,
said City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
Albany High dismissed about 15 minutes early Thursday when several
fights among students started outside during an unannounced fire drill
near the end of the school day. The Albany Police Department responded
to assist with dismissal.
Police arrested 10 Albany High students; additional arrests may be
pending. No weapons were involved or confiscated during Thursday’s
Albany High staff are continuing to investigate the incident in
partnership with Albany police. The school will adhere strictly to
disciplinary procedures for any students found to have played any role
in Thursday’s events, Adams said.
Staff will review security videos Friday to identify students who
contributed to Thursday’s incident, Adams said. Additional student
suspensions are anticipated.
“We will not let the inappropriate actions of a small number of our
students impact the learning environment for the rest of our students
and our staff,” Adams said. “This behavior will not be tolerated and we
will deal with it swiftly and appropriately. It is absolutely
Albany High also will partner with police for added security at school
Monday as a precaution, Adams said.
“The safety of all of our students and staff is a top priority every
day,” she said. “We will take all necessary precautions to ensure that
Albany High continues to be a safe and secure place moving forward.”