Binghamton High School is not scheduled to reopen to all students until next Tuesday following a series of violent incidents.

The school on Main Street was closed after Monday's shootout involving four young people about a block from the campus.

The reasons cited for Tuesday's shutdown was "to ensure the safety of all, and assist with the investigation."

Administrators opted to keep the high school shut down for a second day because of student behavioral problems since classes started early this month.

A police officer at Binghamton High School during an early dismissal drill on October 10, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

As part of heightened security, there will be an increased police presence at the school. Random bag checks will be conducted and handheld scanners will be used to detect metal objects.

Some parents have said they believe the school has gotten "out of control" with brawls inside and outside the building in recent days. Much of the trouble has been attributed to younger students.

Principal Kevin Richman is reopening the school gradually. In a message to parents, he said the school was "instituting a progressive reentry plan."

The letter indicated meetings would be held with students to explain what steps may be used to address bad behavior.

Only ninth grade students were allowed in the building Thursday for what was described as "extended orientation." The school will be open only for tenth grade students Friday.

On Monday, ninth and ten grade students will be permitted to attend class in person. Regular instruction for all grades is to resume on Tuesday.

Richman and Binghamton school superintendent Tonia Thompson did not return calls seeking comment on the security situation.

Oak Street on the west side of Binghamton High School on September 23, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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