Cypress Lakes High School was swarming with police Monday. It marked the first day back to school since a big fight sent a student to the hospital.
“They need security, they need security here,” parent Becky Dorantes said.
Parent Mark Garraway said it was “debatable” whether it was really necessary.
The fleets of officers were from both the Cy-Fair ISD and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Their intent was to make this school week safer than the last one.
On Friday a fight broke out near campus that involved as many as 100 teens. Shots were fired and a 19-year-old was seriously injured.
It is still not clear if he was struck by a bullet or badly beaten.
“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is handling the issue and consults with the Cypress Fairbanks ISD police department,” Principal Sarah Harty wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. “We have not received any confirmed information of specific involvement or injuries of our students. We know, however, that you are all interested in the safety and security of your child.”
Police say some of the teens could have been involved with gangs.
Neighbors say the fights are becoming common, just as parents are calling for an end to them.
“It’s most unfortunate that our children have to experience violence like this,” Gwen Ricks said.
Yet some parents say it is an isolated problem among a specific group of students.
“For the most part, I think it’s just one group of them making the whole school look bad,” Helen Jackson said. “There’s a good group of teachers and administrators.”
Some students tell KHOU 11 News that Monday’s show of force will not make a difference.
“I don’t think it’s going to do nothing,” student Naitza Ortiz said. “Kids are going to do what they want to do.”