Five Schools Move Online as Kenosha Awaits a Rittenhouse Verdict

In a letter to parents, the schools — all within a short distance of the Kenosha County Courthouse or the downtown area — cited the trial as the reason for the switch.

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Five schools move their classes online as Kenosha awaits a Rittenhouse verdict.

Nov. 18, 2021, 8:12 a.m. ET

Nov. 18, 2021, 8:12 a.m. ET

Two protesters were detained after a fight broke out on the steps of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Wednesday.Credit…Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times, via Associated Press

Five public schools in Kenosha, Wis., will hold virtual classes for the rest of the week, citing the continuing jury deliberations in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse at the courthouse in downtown Kenosha.

In a letter to parents, the schools — all within a short distance of the Kenosha County Courthouse or the downtown area — cited the trial as the reason for the switch, the Kenosha News reported.

Two schools that share a building directly across a park from the courthouse, Reuther Central High School and Harborside Academy, had already shifted to online classes earlier this week.

Kenosha police officers have intervened this week when skirmishes have broken out among demonstrators on the courthouse steps. On Wednesday, a spokesman for the police department said that a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and a 34-year-old woman was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

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