BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Monday, an altercation between two girls at Scotlandville Magnet High School ended with students and parents in handcuffs. The East Baton Rouge School Board subsequently addressed school and student safety.

Across East Baton Rouge Parish, multiple fights have occurred within the past year. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board President Dadrius Lanus wants to help create a solution to slow down campus fighting.

“Our number one priority is school and student safety,” said Lanus.

Parents of Scotlandville High School address their concerns online for their child’s safety during school hours.

Scotlandville High Principal, Paul Jackson declined to go on camera but did release this statement.

“In conjunction with the district, we have been afforded additional support via our school resource officers. In an effort to provide more support to our teachers and protect our students, we have adjusted lunch and transition schedules to account for a decrease in school personnel. Our mission as a school is to positively engage the community as well as the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Our staff intervened and the incident was mitigated immediately without further harm or incident.”

Lanus addresses how these fights at school transfer from the student’s home life and mentioned the importance of getting new policies and security measures.

“When we hear about parents fighting on campus, we know we have to lift up some of our policies,” said Lanus.

This week, the School Board President sat down with the Superintendent Sito Narcisse, to discuss getting a new Chief Security Officer over the entire school system.

Lanus explained how a Chief Security Officer will work for the school system. “We’re going to do a full assessment over what’s happening at every single school in terms of discipline fighting. Any isolating incident that’s happening with parents,” said Lanus.

According to Lanus, this behavior has been happening across all of their schools, not just Scotlandville High School. He also is the Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge. His program is designed to help Black men create great success for their future through education and life skills. Lanus says how having resources like a mentor is vital for students across the parish.

“Having someone that you can talk to, having someone you can lean on if you’re having a bad day, if you’re having disciplinary problems inside of the schools is vitally important, especially for our unnerved schools,” Lanus says.

The East Baton Rouge School School System is currently working on getting new a Chief of Security Officers and Mentors by next month.