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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

On several occasions 19 Action News has aired cell phone video showing violence erupting inside John Adams High School in Cleveland. The officials speaking for the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools tell us there are a lot of good things going on at John Adams and they're probably right.

We've asked to speak with schools CEO, Eric Gordon. He didn't get back to us, so we went to him.

Other than saying that the district is reviewing the videos we aired for authenticity a spokeswoman said, "I will not set up an interview with the CEO on videos that are still being reviewed."

A final quote from the district email we received said, "students who fight in any CMSD school face consequences outlined in the student conduct code and that includes suspension and expulsion."  The statement said nothing about prevention, other than a suggestion that reporters are encouraging students to fight by showcasing their fights on TV.

We will stay on the story as long as it takes.  We can't go inside and break up or prevent fights, but until those who can get the job done we can keep shining light on the situation. 

Meantime, the district sent out a response late Tuesday:

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District continues to review cell-phone videos sent to Channel 19 of fights that occurred at John Adams High School to determine whether the incidents portrayed are recent. Statements from the principal and security indicate that one of the three videos may be at least four months old.

The District has, however, taken a number of steps to increase security in response to an incident that did occur last week, when a fire alarm was pulled and a group of about 10 students got into a fight outside. A student who was identified as having triggered the alarm was referred for discipline.

Among other actions taken in response to last week's incident, the District has doubled the number of security officers at the school.

CMSD has zero tolerance for fighting in its schools and has seen the number of serious incidents decrease steadily since security was strengthened seven years ago. During that time, through its Humanware program, the District also has put social and emotional learning supports in place at all grade levels to foster a safe and respectful environment.

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