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Jeffersontown High School principal meets with staff about new security measures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown High School Principal Matt Kingsley met with his staff at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to go over some new plans and procedures to improve safety at the school. 

"Yesterday the district sent out a great support team to help me analyze the places in my building where they tend to be some common areas where kids tend to congregate," Kingsley said. 

"And we are now dispersing staff to those locations at appropriate times during the day to make sure that everything is supervised."

But that's not the only thing Principal Kingsley is changing to prevent incidents like the fight that broke out last week.

He's focusing on four new procedures.

Adults will now be stationed throughout the building during class changes and lunch transitions.

Students returning to school from a fighting suspension will be required to have a parent present to reflect on conflict resolution.

And teachers and staff will receive training on how to properly break up fights.

The video from last week's fight shows two students violently fighting in a hallway between periods in what was an unsupervised area. 

Students can be seen egging on the fight while punch after punch is thrown. After the video surfaced on social media, Kingsley sent two emails out, one to his staff and one to students' families. 

The email to his staff read, "The worst part for me is the fact that our students and yourselves do not feel safe in our building."

Senior Allison Wigley saw the fight first hand, and  she says fights happen about once a week. 

"I wasn't shocked, because I'm kind of used to it, and I kind of  just tend to pass by and not say anything about it," she said.

"I'm worried to be at school about 90 percent of the time."

This is the third incident to happen at Jeffersontown High School in the past month. School officials say the new procedures and expectations should drastically reduce such incidents from happening in the future.

Principal Kingsley plans on sending a note home later this week outlining these plans and procedures to parents.

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