Students have returned to Binghamton High School after a nearly-three-week shutdown following an arson fire and escalating disruptive behavior.

The school, with an enrollment of about 1,400, was closed December 15 in the aftermath of a minor blaze that was set in a bathroom. Violence was reported involving some students during the building evacuation.

The school district suspended in-person classes, switching to remote instruction until after the holiday break. A spokeswoman said students returned Monday morning for a "reset meeting" before classes began.

All students now have been ordered to wear identification badges at all times.

A view of Binghamton High School at Main and Oak streets on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A view of Binghamton High School at Main and Oak streets on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The district spokeswoman said weapon detection equipment has been delivered to the high school. Installation is getting underway and the scanners are to be put into use later in the week in what was described as a "pilot program."

As part of a crackdown on students who disregard class bells, students will be detained at a "central location" for the remainder of the period.

Bathrooms on two of the school's four floors are being closed and new restrictions have been imposed the those that remain open.

In a letter to the families of students, principal Kevin Richman wrote: "We will not let the actions of a few ruin opportunities" for students to be educated.

An entrance on the Oak Street side of Binghamton High School. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An entrance on the Oak Street side of Binghamton High School. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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