Two stabbed during high school fight

April 10, 1992|By Mark Bomster and William B. Talbott | Mark Bomster and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers GnB

A 20-year-old student and a teacher were stabbed with a steak knife today at Joseph C. Briscoe High School during a fight between two girls who had been feuding for a week, school officials said.

School police arrested Michelle Newton, 18, of the 500 block of W. Preston St., and charged her with two counts of assault and stabbing and one count of possession of a deadly weapon. Injured were Renee Washington, 20, a student at the school, and Jaqueline Ridges, the teacher who intervened in the argument.

The stabbings occurred about 9 a.m. as students headed for their first-period classes, said Jacquelyn H. Hardy, school department spokeswoman.

The attack apparently stemmed from a fight last Friday, which led to the suspension of both girls from school for several days.

They encountered each other again in a first-floor corridor of the school today, and Ms. Washington tried to apologize to the other student, the spokeswoman said.

"The other one just . . . pulled out a knife and started stabbing her in the shoulder," said Ms. Hardy. "A teacher tried to intervene and she was stabbed in the hand."

Ms. Washington was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound in the left arm, and the teacher was taken to Maryland General Hospital for treatment of a hand wound.

Joseph C. Briscoe, which has about 240 students, is a special school for youngsters with serious emotional and other problems.

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