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Fight draws 'substantial' police presence to Sherman Middle School in Madison, officials say

Sherman Middle School

Sherman Middle School at 1610 Ruskin St. in Madison, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

A fight among students prompted a lockout at Sherman Middle School in Madison Friday afternoon and drew a "substantial" police presence, according to the district. 

Madison police said officers responded to the incident in the 1600 block of Ruskin Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. About a dozen students were involved when officers arrived, police spokesperson Stephanie Fryer said in a statement. School staff and officers separated the group. 

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A student and a district staff member were injured in the fight, Fryer said. No information was provided on the seriousness of their injuries. A couple officers sustained minor injuries. 

District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said there was a "substantial response" from law enforcement because of the activation of the lockout. The lockout status was lifted around 2:30 p.m. 

Shabazz High School is in the same building as Sherman, but LeMonds said the altercation was a middle school incident. 

The district will be determining consequences for all students involved by following the district's "Behavior Education Plan," LeMonds said. 

"We are continuing to respond and investigate the incident," LeMonds said.  

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