Oak Park and River Forest High School went under a soft lockdown, known now as secure and teach mode, early Tuesday morning after a fight broke out between students.
The incident was referred to as a “significant student fight” on the third floor that involved “multiple students,” according to a letter sent out to OPRF students, staff and families by OPRF. The high school went under secure and teach mode at about 9:50 a.m. to clear the hallways and was concluded at 10:57 a.m.
The fight broke out just as the school was set to begin planned emergency drills. The school went under secure and teach mode to clear the hallways following the fight. The letter states that the students involved in the fight were “safely removed from the school.”
“We do want to be clear, however, that physical violence is not an acceptable way of handling conflict and has no place in our school,” OPRF spokesperson Karin Sullivan wrote. “Consequences will be issued in accordance with our Behavior Education Plan.”
The school confirmed that video footage of the fight is already circulating in the community. However, to provide privacy to students, school officials would not provide further details into the incident. Wednesday Journal has reached out to the Oak Park Police Department.
Secure and teach mode is implemented when it is necessary to keep students and staff away from an incident or activity by directing them to stay in in their classrooms and offices, according to school officials. The emergency drills have been rescheduled for Nov. 7.
“Please know that our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff,” Sullivan wrote. “As a result, while communication to our families is critically important, complete information about exactly what has occurred is not immediately possible.”