A Dekaney High School student collapses to the ground, his lips filled with the taste of rust as blood runs from his ear, down his cheek and into his mouth. A few feet away, a number of kids, who have formed a makeshift mosh pit in the school hallway, continue to unleash fists at any head, face or jaw they can see.
In this week's cover story, parents and students say that these types of violent incidents, which occurred on January 27, aren't all that uncommon at Dekaney, located near Farm to Market Road 1960 and Interstate 45 in unincorporated Harris County.
Additionally, parents say that school administrators have completely lost control of the school and are allowing the kids to do whatever they want.
For instance, students have been caught in the crossfire of liquid bleach that's been poured from the second floor to the first. Additionally, a number of kids say that some of their classes have been absent a teacher for more than a month -- to pass the time, recalls a student, the kids have turned the classroom into a chill out spot, complete with music and haircuts.
Following the January 27 incident, Spring Independent School District officials and witnesses to the fight disagreed on its severity. A Spring ISD staff member insists to the Press that the episode wasn't a riot and that the donnybrook involved four students. Meanwhile, a Dekaney freshman says that the scene (which can be seen in the below footage) was completely out of hand.
Since then, Dekaney has attempted to institute a number of preventive measures, including a moratorium on all outgoing transfers and a daily "tardy sweep" that forces students to sit in the school gym all day.
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A number of concerned parents say that these "heavy-handed" tactics are too little, too late, and that the school needs to be closed immediately. In the meantime, moms and dads fear that something tragic, such as a stabbing or shooting, is bound to happen.
Read more in this week's feature, "Lowering the Boom."