WRHS principal comments on school policy

TOPEKA (KSNT) – It was a vicious attack by a student at Washburn Rural High School on another student, all of it caught on cell phone cameras.

Many viewers asked Kansas First News questions about the school administration’s response to the attack and they wanted to know what is being done to stop future incidents like this.

The parents of the girls involved in the attack say there’s some bad history between the two. They had been in a fight just a few days before the video was taken, something the school says it knew nothing about.

What school officials do know is they don’t want to see this happen again.

The video of the attack in the halls of Washburn Rural High School has spread like wildfire among its students and parents.

First because the attack was so obviously staged for at least two other students to video tape.

A 17-year-old Topeka student is facing an aggravated battery charge for attacking a classmate.

That 17-year-old is Alexis Robinson, who had a plan of attack on December 3rd, to target one of her classmates in a brutal assault.

“Cell phones are a tool and if schools turn their backs in terms of allowing kids to use cell phones within the school environment, I think they are doing a disservice to the kids,” said Ed Raines, Principal at Washburn Rural High School.

The district has policies on cell phones, bullying and harassment, stating “harassment will not be tolerated and are prohibited at school, on school property and at school sponsored activities.”

“We go over those specific policies at the beginning of the year so that we are not just leaving it to the kids and the parents to read the policy, but we are actively going over it with them in those classes,” said Raines.

As to why the district didn’t catch the attackers before the incident – it happened too quickly. And Raines says attacks like this are few and far between.

“I hope it reinforces what we’ve been talking about as a school in terms of respecting the dignity and the well being of other people,” said Raines.

Principal Raines says every year the school has the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office come in to talk to the students about texting, sexting and harassment.

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