Indiana. IPS introduces new policy allowing limited force by teachers to break up fights

This policy is being implemented in response to a recent incident where a female student was attacked, thrown against lockers. Students had to break up the fight because teachers were prohibited from intervening due to school policy.

In light of this incident, the IPS has reconsidered the advisability of this policy stating, “We need a policy to ensure that we can create administrative guidelines and procedures around how staff is involved in terms of use of force,” IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said.

The new policy would allow use of limited force by staff members to prevent a student from injuring themselves or others, interfering with a school activity or education, or damaging property.