Teen Boys Terrorize Two High Schools

January 16, 1991

Howard County police are looking for four teen-age boys who trespassed into Hammond and Centennial high schools Monday afternoon, shoutedobscenities, disrupted classes and assaulted teachers.

The intruders were not students in the county school system, police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner said.

The boys went to Hammond High at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Police have not yet determined whether all four entered the school, but witnesses said that once inside, the teen-agers grabbed a radio and headphones from a student in the hall, went into a drama class, shouted obscenities, put their feet on a desk and knocked items off a desk.

The teacher contacted the office via intercom. Gardner said the boys were then chased from the school building by two teachers.

Forty-five minutes later, a group of teen-agers -- whom police believe are the same individuals -- appeared at Centennial High. Gardner said the trespassers entered a class and shouted obscenities, and one teacher was punched in the nose while trying to evict them.

The trespassersfled before police could reach the school, Gardner said. He said investigators were at both schools Tuesday following up on the initial reports.

Patti P. Vierkant, school system spokesman, said a visit to the schools by the school system crisis intervention team did not appear to be necessary, since the incidents were brief. The crisis intervention team counsels students after tragedies, such as an auto accident last year in which two Centennial High School students died andthe 1990 hanging death of Carl Jonathan Bowie.

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