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Binghamton High School students move to remote learning following bathroom fire, fight at campus

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 3:59 PM EST
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton High School students will learn remotely until early next year to allow for the school to develop a plan to address recent behavioral issues on the campus.

In a letter sent to Binghamton families, High School Principal Kevin J. Richman announced students will learn remotely through Jan. 3, 2022.

Binghamton High School students were evacuated Wednesday morning due to a fire in a bathroom. Students were then dismissed from in-person classes and moved to remote learning.

Richman said administrators believe they have identified the student who set the fire. He said shortly afterward a brief fight took place outside the building and shortly after that, “community members with a connection” to one of the students arrived in a vehicle with metal pipes in an attempt to further the altercation. Richman said the Binghamton Police Department intervened and those that were involved dispersed.

Binghamton High School administrators and the Binghamton Police are investigating the incident.

Richman said safety is the school’s top priority. He said, despite a decrease in altercations since the beginning of the school year, students continue to be involved in conflicts that lead to confrontation on campus.

Students will be able to pick up items they need at the school at the following times on Dec. 16:

  • 9th grade -- 9 to 10 a.m.
  • 10th grade -- 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 11th grade -- 11 a.m. to noon
  • 12th grade -- noon to 1 p.m.

The school said all after-school activities and athletic events will occur as they were originally planned. However, athletics events will be limited to two adult spectators for home and away players until further notice.

Additionally, meals will be provided at the back entrance to the building from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The letter sent home to parents is pictured below:

High School Letter
High School Letter(WBNG 12 News)