Fight at Haven Middle School prompts soft lockdown; teacher sent to hospital

Students outside Haven Middle School in fall 2021. (Submitted photo)

A fight among students at Haven Middle School on Thursday morning caused a soft lockdown at the building and sent a female teacher to the hospital for injuries sustained while attempting to break up the altercation, multiple sources told the Evanston RoundTable.

According to a Thursday afternoon email to Haven families from Principal Chris Latting, the injured teacher was treated and transported to a local hospital by Evanston paramedics. Additionally, Evanston Police Department officers arrived to assess the situation and escorted “another individual” from the building, Latting wrote. His email did not specify if the person escorted from Haven by EPD was a student or staff member.

“I would like to stress that no weapons were involved in the altercation,” Latting wrote. “Assistant Superintendent of Schools Terrance Little joined the assistant principals and me to assist in the situation. Through our collaboration, we were able to redirect the problem and restore a sense of normalcy by midday. ”

During a soft lockdown, classes continue as usual but no one may enter or exit the school building. Latting said in his email that the injured teacher was released from the hospital shortly after noon on Thursday. Latting did not immediately respond to an email requesting further information.

Evanston Fire Department Deputy Chief William Muno confirmed to the RoundTable that an “adult patient” was treated at Haven and transported to the hospital by EFD officials. EPD Commander Ryan Glew said the Police and Fire departments initially responded to the scene at Haven after the female teacher “was knocked over by the participants of the altercation,” but students were not intentionally targeting that teacher, according to Glew.

However, the Police and Fire departments were dispatched to Haven a second time, at 11:50 am Thursday, to attend to a male student with a possible medical issue, Glew said.

“Another male student interfered with the efforts of EFD and EPD,” Glew told the RoundTable in an email Thursday afternoon. “The interfering student was transported from Haven to EPD. Charges against the transported student are pending further investigation. ”

District 65 School Board President Anya Tanyavutti and Superintendent Devon Horton did not respond to requests from the RoundTable for comment on the fight at Haven and any possible ongoing safety concerns.

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