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Information Regarding Middle School Mayhem Event on 5/20
Hello HSD Middle School Families,
As you may know, there was an event held at the Hillsboro Stadium on Friday, May 20, called “Middle School Mayhem.” The event was co-planned by Hillsboro Parks and Recreation staff and middle school students who are part of their SPLASH (Students Pursuing Leadership and Serving Hillsboro) program. The event was intended to provide a fun evening of age-appropriate activities for students. And while that is how the event started, there were unfortunately a couple of incidents that escalated, requiring a police response and ending the event early.
Here is a message from Hillsboro Parks and Recreation:
On Friday, May 20, an incident occurred during a middle school event hosted by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation when a fight broke out between two individuals resulting in many in attendance gathering in the vicinity of the altercation. The event was supervised by 50 staff and volunteers as well as School Resource Officers from the Hillsboro Police Department. As supervisors gained control of the situation, a decision was made to call in additional police officers as well as cancel the rest of the night’s proceedings.
The event was developed by the SPLASH middle school leadership students, in conjunction with staff mentors, with the goal of providing a fun and inclusive evening for Hillsboro youth. It is disappointing that an event created by youth for youth had such an incident occur. We are currently reviewing the incident and evaluating what steps we will take in the future.
While this wasn’t a District event, we are following up on incidents that occurred that evening and trying to ensure that there are no lingering issues that may affect school. We want to make sure our schools provide a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning.
If you have questions about the Middle School Mayhem event, please contact Hillsboro Parks and Recreation at 503-681-6120; if you have questions about protocols in place to keep students safe at school, please contact your child’s principal.