WICHITA, Kan. -- Students at Southeast High School saw an increased police presence at the school Thursday a day after a major fight led to five arrests.
The increased presence was "due to social media chatter following yesterday's fight," district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said in an email. "This isn't anything new or isolated to one school. When social media chatter indicates there could be problems, the school adjusts its security plans to make sure all students are safe."
At least eight patrol cars either circled or parked around the school Friday afternoon. Some students could be seen getting into the police cars. None of them were handcuffed.
Students say there was another incident Thursday morning. They say it involved two girls who got into a verbal argument.
The school district confirmed a verbal altercation had taken place.
"The WPD was already there and was able to shut it down quickly," Arensman said in an email.
The school has had a number of incident recently.
Police say two of those incidents involved an "officer in trouble call." A police spokesman says he can't think of any other high school that has had an officer in trouble call this year.
Between the three major incidents on school grounds in the past several weeks, 12 students have been arrested.
In the most recent major incident, five students were arrested Thursday after a fight that involved as many as 30 students.
A student was arrested last Friday for setting another student's hair on fire.
And, six students were arrested after a fight Nov. 19 that involved as many as forty students.
Police say the school isn't necessarily a problem spot. They say the school has just had a string of unfortunate incidents recently that have contributed to a negative perception.
Many students who spoke to KAKE News say they agree.
"The reputation that Southeast has got is not what we should have," freshman David Cabrera said.
The students say despite the incidents, they feel safe at the school.
"I'm pretty sure nobody feels scared or anything," freshman Jose Trejo said.
They say it's a small group of "bad apples" who are contributing to the negative perception of their school.
"It's the same people over and over doing it," Cabrera said. "Southeast students are not bad. Most of us are good."
Five students were arrested following a fight outside Wichita Southeast High School Wednesday afternoon.
The incident started around 12:15 Wednesday. Wichita Police said a school resource officer took a student into custody because he was running through the halls and yelling at students he didn't like while they were in class.
Police said while that student was taken to the office a group of his friends and rivals, 20 to 30 students total, went into the school parking lot and started fighting. Several police officers were called to the scene in response to the disturbance.
Police said a school administrator tried to break up a pocket of fighting and was aggressively challenged by one of the students. That student was taken into custody on assault charges. Four other students were arrested for disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported.
Police said they've been doing extra patrols around Southeast High during lunch and after school recently because that's when fights like this tend to break out. The fall semester ends tomorrow.