Outrage after Madison East High student faces tentative charges from lunchroom fight

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- Some community members are calling for the district attorney to drop all charges against a Madison East High student following a fight in the lunchroom.

Madison East Junior, 17-year-old Aireyanna Connors was arrested on a tentative charge of physical abuse to a child after a fight broke out back March 16.

Police say the fight involved multiple students. Eight officers and school security staff were brought in to help. Four students were arrested. Two went to the Juvenile Reception Center, and two others went to Dane County Jail, including Connors.

Members from the Focused Interruption Coalition and Concerned Black Mothers say the charge is excessive and unnecessary.

In addition to calling for charges to be dropped, they also say all police officers, or ERO's, should be removed from schools.

"We're calling on those officials to have a little humility, to have humanity, not allow our children, our youth to be constantly victimized by our system that is definitely oppressive, definitely biased," said Caliph Muab'El with Focused Interruption Coalition.

"Was this a fight of a nature that we should have been calling police or someone should have been arrested? From what I know now at this point, the answer is no," said James Howard, Madison School Board President.

While Howard maintains that EROs should remain in schools, he says further training needs to continue.

"We're doing the right things, we're on the right path. We have to keep EROs in our school but make sure they're trained and understand what type of incidents they should be involved in," said Howard.

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