SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A concerned citizen released video to REAL News Michiana of a vicious fight between middle-school girls in a classroom in South Bend. According to the tipster, the fight happened earlier this week in the In-School Suspension classroom at Dickinson Intermediate Academy. You can watch the vicious fight video below. RNM has blurred the video to conceal the identities of the children involved.
The video of this fight comes as RNM has raised some serious questions regarding security and safety in South Bend schools.
On September 30th, RNM published a story about a security guard at South Bend’s Rise Up Academy who spent more than a decade in federal prison for armed robbery of a jewelry store.
Greg Brown, 58, spent more than 10 years in federal prison in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He was convicted on three violent crime charges; 1) Conspiracy to commit Robbery, Use of Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Transportation of Stolen Goods 2) Obstruction by Robbery 3) Using or Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence. Those charges stemmed from a robbery in the Indianapolis area in 1992.
RNM was able to track down the docket sheet detailing the charges and convictions (those documents can be seen below). The federal clerk’s office could not find the criminal complaint containing the narrative and details of the crimes. RNM is attempting to get those narratives from federal archives and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
RNM reached out to the spokesperson for the South Bend Community School Corporation for more information on the fight and to follow up on the story involving Greg Brown. The spokesperson tells RNM she is looking into the incident involving the fight. She sent the following response regarding Brown’s employment.
“We conducted a background check prior to him starting in 2015, but there was nothing indicated (sic) that would disqualify him from employment. On his application, he disclosed ‘conspiracy interstate trafficking of jewelry October 24, 1992.’ According to the background check, a Criminal Trespass charge was dismissed in 1991. A charge of Battery (a misdemeanor) remained, but was more than 10 years before his application.”
RNM asked the district spokesperson the following questions:
What kind of security is there at the school? What is the policy on fighting? Are these students going to be kept out of the school? Are children safe at the school? Do you believe Mr. Brown’s presence could encourage violent criminal behavior at Rise Up and other schools, considering SBCSC has made him into an adult role model for those students?
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