“It was just a 10 minute time frame where three separate incidents occurred at the school,” Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt said. All the incidents at Hastings High School the afternoon of May 31 were quickly defused by area law enforcement.
While officers were handling the first incident involving students not wanted on school grounds, two other students began fighting and another student called 911 from a school bus asking for them to make sure the bus was secure, Pratt said.
Chris Cooley, High School Interim principal, released an explanation of the situation. Two Hastings Virtual Academy students who had been asked not to return to the campus were reportedly going to return in a dispute with other students, Cooley said. School officials asked for a Hastings police car at school when classes let out.
At 3:05 p.m. officers stopped the two students in the parking lot, found they had no weapons, and detained them at the police department for pickup by their parents. While the officers were there, two students began fighting in a unrelated incident. The fight was broken up and the students held by officers for parents to pick up. No problems were found on the school bus.
“Through police communication we ended up with officers from the city, county and state police here and they all did a great job insuring student safety,” Cooley said.