According to a release from District 209, Proviso Township High School District Superintendent Bob Libka issued the following statement in response to an altercation involving Proviso students in the parking lot of Proviso West following the Proviso East versus Proviso West basketball game last evening:
We have zero tolerance for violence of any sort on school grounds. Period. Per the direction of the school board, this administration will act swiftly and severely to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and staff, as we have done here. The only good news from this unfortunate incident is that no one was seriously injured.
The 13 PTHS 209 students arrested by Hillside Police have been suspended for ten (10) days. Pending the outcome of the district's internal investigation, some or all of the students involved in the altercation may face additional disciplinary action, including expulsion. We are following the process as provided in the district's handbook.
Further, we are reviewing the events that gave rise to this incident as well as examining our present level of security at school functions such as basketball games to determine if improvements can be made that would enhance our ability to prevent an incident like this from happening again.
Those seeking more information about this matter are encouraged to contact PTHS 209 Communications Coordinator, TaQuoya Kennedy, at (205) 420-8896 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.