Gang Concerns At Rider High School

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Parents have been calling our newsroom wanting to know more about possible gang violence at Rider High School.

Newschannel 6 spoke with Wichita Falls ISD Public Information Officer Renee Murphy.
She said classes are as scheduled Friday but parents are getting warnings about recent incidents at Rider.

Principal Judy McDonald sent a message to parents Thursday, warning them about recent fights at the school and vandalism on campus.

We know ten students were sent to Denver Alternative Center earlier this week after a couple of large hallway fights.

Graffiti was on the doors of Rider Thursday morning when students arrived, it has since been cleaned off.

School officials want parents to know Wichita Falls police are looking into the situation and school officials are closely monitoring all school activity.  

A parent who received Principal McDonald's email forwarded it to Newschannel 6. The email is below.

"Hello.  This is Judy McDonald, principal of Rider High School.  In the spirit of open communication, I wanted to inform you about a couple of incidents that occurred on campus this week.  There was an altercation involving several students earlier in the week.  All students involved have been removed from campus.  Everyone at Rider and the WFISD are being very vigilant to ensure the safety of all of our students.  The other incident was the vandalism of Rider during evening hours.  This vandalism was referred to the proper authorities in order to conduct a thorough investigation.  As principal of Rider High School, I want to assure you that we are committed to the safety of our students and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Rider at 235-1077."