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04/21/06 - Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches School Fight Controversy

by Larry Little

NISD school board members looked on Thursday night as parents and community leaders lashed out at them about their handling of an alledged riot between New Orleans and Nacogdoches High School students. Much of the blame was also directed at the NISD police chief and his department. Some feel the department failed. "I've spoke to them. I've been to these parent's meeting just like they have. The information that we had was limited information. All we were told and it was by someone who rode up to my house on a bicyle. They told me that there was going to be a fight but not against who. It was very limited. We had no parents contact us. We had nothing," says NISD Chief Douglas Ploch.

Chief Ploch says he's thankful his officers were able to prevent injuries.

Students in the middle of all of this controversy want folks to know several things. It wasn't fight between New Orleans and Nacogdoches. They also say it wasn't a riot.

 The school board pretty much sat stoned face during the open forum. They say there is a proper procedure parents must file to appeal their child's case.

Law enforcement officials say althougth there wasn't a physical altercation this incident is considered a riot as define by the state.  Several students involved are now attending alternative school.

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