PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat spoke on the violence inside Peoria High School that led to an early shutdown Friday afternoon.
At the press conference, Kherat explained her initial reaction to the chaos that emerged at the high school.
“It was just shocking and just unusual. We don’t know — I’m like — we’re like, ‘where did this come from and why,'” Kherat said.
She explained there will be consequences for individuals who were involved in the fights that took place inside and outside the school.
“All of these individuals who were arrested or caused the disruption will not attend Peoria High for the rest of the year,” Kherat said. “Any non-student who got involved today will face trespassing charges, and they will be banned from coming to our buildings.”
She also expressed her frustration with parents who chose to encourage students to fight others.
“We would like parents not to egg kids on, not to encourage them to fight. that’s a big part of that,” Kherat said.
Another consequence of the fights is the postponement of the football games. Peoria High School vs. Manual High School has been postponed to 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, whereas Richwoods High School vs. Danville High School has been postponed to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18.
In an effort to promote safety, Kherat said both of those games will have no cars and no spectators.