Additional security on-hand at Groveport Madison High school

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Additional security will be at Groveport Madison High School when classes resume Tuesday after the school was put on lockdown Monday Morning after rumors someone had a gun at school.

Groveport police will also have an officer or 2 inside as well. 

Video of a fight began circulating online after the lockdown was lifted, showing what looked like a riot to some parents. The school says it was more like about half a dozen students fighting during class changes between morning periods. 

Like other parents of students at Groveport Madison High School – Andrea Greenwell was relieved to receive a text from the school stating security did not find a gun at the school – 

“This is before I saw the video that was posted to social media by various students,” she said. 

But what parents like Chris Thacker found online is what really has them fired up. 

“It looked like a massive riot. Plain and simple,” said Thacker. 

Less than 2-hours after classes began at 7:40 am, the district notified parents via text and robocalls that there were rumors a gun was on school grounds. 

Greenwell and others, like Lena Edminsten, received a 2nd text around 11 am that the lockdown was lifted and no gun was found

“Then hours later we find out there was a video of this fight,” said Edminsten. 

A school spokesperson says they weren’t aware of the fight when parent notifications went out.

The district says despite how it looks, only 6-8 kids were actually fighting stemming from a weekend off-campus private student Halloween Party. 

Edminstein says the school needs to install metal detectors for safety and increase communication with parents. NBC4 asked her if she thought Groveport Madison High school students were safe. 

“I’d like to say yes but there’s a big lack of information from the school to the parents. And it should be our choice to keep our kids safe when stuff like this happens. We can’t make that choice if we don’t know about it,” she said. 

The district is also shortening times between periods Tuesday and having extra administrators in hallways to see if that prevents any other disruptions. 

Two 15-year-old students could face disorderly conduct charges in juvenile court. 

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