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Wilkinsburg Schools Superintendent Cracking Down After Incidents Of Violent Behavior

WILKINSBURG (KDKA) - The Wilkinsburg Schools superintendent says the district will not tolerate violent behavior from its students after three people were attacked in one day.

He says there's already a list of violent and disruptive students to be removed from the district immediately.

The first incident happened early Monday morning before school when a 15-year-old and 17-year-old were walking to the high school.

Officials say the teens were attacked by a group of seven to eight of their peers. One girl was left with a concussion, the other with a broken ankle.

School officials believe an incident over the weekend prompted the attacks.

Then, around noontime on Monday, there was another altercation.

This time between a school security guard and a student who had brought a cell phone into school, which is considered an "act of defiance."

"He took her phone and she got mad," Marcus Williams, a Wilkinsburg High School student, said. "She spit on the security guard or something like that, and then he pushed her, and then somebody came up behind him and socked him that was related to her."

Superintendent Dr. Daniel Matsook says the violent day is unacceptable.

He says the district is working to make sure the 200 plus students who attend the middle and high schools can have a normal school day.

"In order to do that, we believe we have to eliminate those who don't want to be here," Matsook said. "Based on criteria related to grades, related to behavior, related to attendance, and we've marked a number of students that are in process as we speak today of being placed elsewhere."

The security guard was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

In the case of the teens who were attacked, authorities say they are monitoring social media to identify the people who did it. They say they may already have a lead in the case.

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