2 were injured, 7 were arrested after a fight at Annapolis High School

Two students were injured and seven others were in custody after a fight broke out at Maryland’s Annapolis High School Wednesday morning.

Two students were injured and seven others were in custody after a fight broke out at Maryland’s Annapolis High School Wednesday morning.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials said two superintendent of school staff saw a fight over the stairs at the second floor of the school at 8:45 a.m., during a shift between the first and second periods. The school is closed for more than an hour.

Superintendent George Arlotto said the fight “could be a retaliatory blow” over an incident outside the school last week.

The teacher shouted that one of the students had a knife, Anne Arundel County Police Sgt. Jaclyn Davis said in a news conference; the SROs told the student to drop the knife, which he did, but they later found out that two students had been cut.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokeswoman Capt Russ Davies said two students were taken to treatment for non-life threatening injuries; one was taken to a Baltimore hospital with a hand injury and another was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Davis said of the injury, “I don’t want to say too little, but not life threatening.”

Seven students who were involved in the war were arrested; they were not hurt.

Message to the family from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, spokeswoman Bob Mosier said safe students in classrooms were expected following the fight. The school was locked on the floor as officers and staff investigated.

Davis said there was no indication that the group was involved in the war, adding that charges against seven students were pending, and that more students could be charged after any video evidence was reviewed.

MeT Cloherty of WTOP said the locks ended at 10:10 am and some students were seen leaving the building to be picked up by parents.

Classes resumed at the school. Arlotto said he did not know how many students were left that day, but said some elders may have had a special day anyway.

The superintendent added that the incident was “unfortunate and unacceptable in our schools,” especially shortly after classes resumed following 18 months of school from home. He said the resumption of the five-day week, in-class classes has been a good start.

Arlotto said that Annapolis High does not have a metal detector, but students enter through a “door… with adults checking with students.”

He called on the community to “wrap their arms around our students and our families, so that students know better how their emotions work and do not take these things for granted, especially in our schools.”

Davis said the Crisis Intervention Team brought schools to school “to help students work through… the second trauma of these children seeing their friend, boyfriend, boyfriend, girlfriend, anyone doing something like that. It’s not easy.”

He added that the police have a team following the biggest threats in schools, and told students that if they hear anything, “tell the manager; tell the teacher. When you get home, tell your parents. Call us; call the Annapolis City police. Just tell someone. ”

Jessica Kronzer of WTOP made this contribution.

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