Alton teacher’s union to rally over school fights tonight

More than a dozen fights forced Alton High School to cancel classes on Thursday.

ALTON – The Alton Education Association (AEA) will hold a rally tonight before the Alton High School football game.

In a press release, the union said that AEA members, parents, students, and community members will wear red and put out a call for safe schools.

On Wednesday, there were more than a dozen fights at Alton High School. The Alton Telegraph reported that there were no serious injuries, but the number of fights did lead to classes being canceled for Thursday with remote learning on Friday.

Only immediate Alton football team family members, the band, and the cheer squad will be allowed to attend the game, the Telegraph reported.

According to the newspaper, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were called in to stop the fighting and an investigation was underway. Most

“After this week’s violent events at Alton High School, we have deep concerns around the safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” said AEA President Bobby Rickman. “We are calling on school officials to immediately engage in discussions with all stakeholders to ensure we have safe schools for all in Alton. It is unfortunate that we have to have a conversation about this at all, but we deserve to have a voice, and without a doubt, we all deserve to be safe in our schools.”

The rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. at West Elementary School near the football field, 1513 State St. in Alton. The game begins at 7 p.m. at the same location.

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