Girls' fight sheds light on alleged gang problem at Decatur school

Two Decatur high school girls say they were physically attacked by a group before school. A cell phone captured video of the November 10 altercation.

Two Decatur high school girls say they were physically attacked by a group after school. The November 10 altercation was caught on cell phone video.
 
DeKalb Police were called to the school after the fight. They said that school administrators determined that all potential participants in the altercation would be sent home pending administrative action in relation to the incident. 
 
The father of one of the girls, Okeeba Jubalo, is coming forward, saying he's upset and frustrated. Jubalo said his daughter no longer feels safe.
 
"Physically you can get better, but when our children don't feel safe in the schools because of the leadership teams, that's a different type of damage," Jubalo said.
 
Jubalo said his daughter and her friend did not deserve to be assaulted by six to eight girls. He wants to hold the school accountable, claiming there is a gang problem at the school.
 
11Alive's Neima Abdulahi contacted the City of Decatur superintendent, who said there is no gang problem.
 
Jubalo says the situation could have been worse -- which is why he's speaking out.
 
"A fight is between you and I. An attack is between me and eight other people. One of the first things I want to do is use the right language around it," Jubalo said.
 
School officials told 11Alive the students involved in the fight have now all been disciplined. They said they'll have discussions with students on how to best handle conflict, so a fight like this doesn't happen again. 
 

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