Police presence at Westlake High has been increased after a student altercation this week led to the hospitalization of one student and the arrest of another. Westlake Schools also say rumors and misinformation has necessitated the need for more police presence. A bullet was also found in the school parking lot.
Here is the Westlake School District release:
“On Tuesday, two students were involved in an altercation that resulted in one student being sent to the hospital with serious injuries. In the days following that incident, several rumors began to surface regarding a threat against the school. Those rumors were thoroughly investigated by our high school administrators, School Resource Officers and Westlake Police Officers and it was determined there was no credible or specific threat to our schools or students.
“Following the altercation, our high school administrators were deliberately misled by students who witnessed the incident. The high school administration did not learn the extent and seriousness of the incident until later in the day. Based on the information the school had at the time, the school nurse recommended the student undergo a medical evaluation. A family member picked the student up from the high school and transported him to a local hospital.
“Earlier today, a bullet was found in the high school parking lot. Westlake Police investigated the incident and determined it was unrelated to Tuesday’s incident. That finding led to additional rumors this morning regarding similar threats against the school. Again, school administrators, School Resource Officers and Westlake Police Officers thoroughly investigated these rumors and again found them to be not credible.
“Disciplinary actions will be taken against any students involved in this incident. The Westlake City School District takes this matter seriously.
“There is an increased police presence on campus, and there will continue to be a police presence on Friday. The school district will continue to work closely with the Westlake Police Department, as this continues to be a police matter.
“The district will not be commenting on individual students.”
Student Seriously Injured: http://www.thevillagernewspaper.com/2016/04/14/student-seriously-injured-in-westlake-school-fight/