Lolli said DPS officials are not aware of anyone being hospitalized after the fight, and they referred questions about arrests to the Dayton Police Department
Riverside and Dayton Police have said that multiple violent crimes involving juveniles last week were linked. Dayton Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper called it “back-and-forth retaliation over a recent homicide.”
Police have not commented on whether Monday’s fight was linked to previous violence.
The brief incident report that Dayton Police released from the Thurgood Marshall fight indicated only that an officer went to the school on Tuesday morning to follow up on an assault call. Police officials said they had planned extra patrols around the school Tuesday.
Lolli said early Tuesday that DPS leadership had not sent any communication to parents, saying they still needed more facts about the situation. At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, she said the violence that has been roiling Dayton the past few weeks “moved to some of our schools.”
“It is imperative that we as community members find solutions to the conflicts that many of our children are engaging in,” Lolli said. “I am urging parents and guardians, churches, the city, the police department and the school district to work together to find solutions so we do not lose any more students or children to the violence that’s been occurring.”
School board Vice President Will Smith spoke at length about the issue, saying there needs to be an emphasis placed on the choices people make and the consequences of their actions, because it comes down to saving lives.
“It is safe in DPS schools,” Lolli said. “This issue was after school and caused by a weekend incident. We have extra adults available in the schools to monitor any unusual behaviors. We also have extra support at the end of the day for dismissals.”