West Bend School District, Wisconsin
Student protest leads to one arrest and multiple misdemeanor charges
On November 20, 2014, administrators sat down with students from West Bend East and West Bend West high schools to discuss a new hall pass procedure. What started out as a peaceful meeting turned ugly when one student stood up on a lunch table and started "speaking his mind and swearing," according to one student at the meeting. When administrators tried to pull him off the table, a fight began. The student was arrested by police, but dozens of others started tearing through the halls, ripping down posters, flooding sinks and pushing furniture. Fifteen more police officers arrived to help contain the students, and the school went on soft lockdown until things settled down. No student or staff member was injured during the protest.
The student protest led to 75 students receiving three-day suspensions from the school district. After reviewing video of the incident and interviewing administrators, staff and 137 students, the police then charged 23 of them with disorderly conduct, which is a criminal misdemeanor. Another 23 students were issued municipal citations for disorderly conduct. The misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, and the municipal citations range from $376 to $439, depending on the age of the student.
- Fox 6, "'It was actually scary:' One arrested after West Bend students become unruly over new," November 20, 2014
- Fox 6, "'There’s anxiety:' West Bend students suspended over protest that turned ugly," November 21, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police take action against 46 students in West Bend high school dust-up," December 5, 2014
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