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Wicomico Superintendent Discusses School Safety

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin is referring to two incidents of violence this week involving students at Bennett High School isolated, and says there is an overall positive environment at district schools. 

Bennett High School in Salisbury was locked down Friday morning after a fight broke out on campus. Students told WBOC there were three fights, prompting the lockdown, referred to as a 'Shelter in Place' by the district.
That lockdown lasted about two hours. Superintendent Hanlin clarified what happened.
"It appeared what was communicated and what started as rumors about lots of things that were happening at Bennett, but it was a fight between three students, not a school-wide situation," said Dr. Donna Hanlin, Wicomico Schools Superintendent. Hanlin added the incident was the culmination of comments made on social media, but she did not elaborate on those comments.
This is the second incident involving student violence this week at Bennett. On Wednesday, police say 16-year Daquan Parks assaulted Vice-Principal Lisa Forbush and Principal Rick Briggs in the office.
Parks has been charged with assault.
Several parents called WBOC Friday to express their concerns about their children's safety.
Hanlin says the district did communicate to parents, but she advises that fast information is not always the best information.

"As soon as knew what was happening, we clearly communicated to parents through School Messenger, and we will always do that. It may not be on the spot, because we want to make sure we are giving parents accurate informatio
n," she said.

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