MEDFORD, Mass. – Students returned to Medford High School Tuesday morning after a brawl in a men’s bathroom Monday led to a student getting stabbed.
“I’m nervous, but I don’t have a choice. I’m the captain of the girls’ hockey team and if I don’t go to school, I can’t play,” said Medford High School senior Grace Stein. “Personally, I feel like I’m risking my life going to school today.”
According to Medford police, a student suffered a minor chest injury in the fight Monday. Another student was arrested.
Video captured during the fight shows one student holding a knife, which is passed around after the brawl.
Some students told Boston 25 News they were worried about going to school Tuesday following Monday’s violence.
”I know people whose parents aren’t letting them come to school or they don’t want to come to school,” said Stein. “Personally, I don’t blame them!”
The district said there would be an increased police presence Tuesday and for the rest of the week.
“I know there’s going to be increased security and that they’re going to ensure a safe environment at the bathrooms and students walking around,” said student Miles Monroe. “They’re going to ensure a better, safe environment for us today.”
Stein applauded her classmates who spoke up at Monday night’s emotional school committee meeting.
Throughout the meeting, parents accused school officials of not doing enough to keep students safe. One student said she was beat up two months ago by some students at school.
“I was in the hospital for 8 ½ hours that day. No one checked in until the next day. Do something, do your job and if you can’t do it, step down and let someone else do it for you!” says a Medford High School student.
The student’s mother told the school superintendent she’s to blame for Monday’s latest act of violence.
Students at that meeting and outside the high school Tuesday morning said they want to see metal detectors installed and bathroom monitors implemented to help increase safety.
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