Annapolis High School: Two stabbed, 7 students arrested after fight on campus
The fight started out as a neighborhood dispute between students outside of Annapolis High School
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND: Several fights broke out early Wednesday, September 29 morning at Annapolis High School, resulting in stabbings that sent two students to the hospital with cuts and puncture wounds. Seven other students were arrested in connection with the said incident, spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County Police, Lt Jackie Davis informed. According to police, the fight started out as a neighborhood dispute between students outside of the school and got carried over to the second floor of the high school.
Following reports of multiple assaults, Annapolis High School went into lockdown. Anne Arundel Police responded to the scene around 8:45 am to find two victims with stab wounds. After initially being treated at the school's health room, the victims were taken to area hospitals, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials. Davies informed that one of the victims had a non-life-threatening 'possible serious isolated' hand injury and was transported to Union Memorial Hospital, the other victim who sustained a minor injury was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
According to Davies, two school resource officers and armed county police stationed at the school stopped the fight, who saw it happening. One student who was involved in the fight possessed a knife. Later, the SROs were able to get the student to drop the knife and take them into custody. "We are fortunate these SROs did exactly what they were trained to do," one investigator said at a press conference on Sept 29. It is important here to note that all weapons, including knives, are prohibited on Anne Arundel County School's property according to the district's code of conduct.
During the press conference, police did not confirm there were "several fights," on the school premises but discussed one. Authorities noted that the two people stabbed were students at the school. The school district sent out an update letter to families indicating the lockdown had been lifted at around 10:15 am. An investigation into the incident is still going on.
Police informed at the press conference that seven students, who were involved in the fight, all under the age of 18 have been charged in connection with the incident. The charges, however, were not clear at the moment. Detectives further informed that the fight was carried over from a previous incident in the neighborhood and may have been some form of retaliation.