Boy, 14, charged in stabbing At another school, handgun seized

March 31, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

One teen-age boy turned over a handgun after a surprise search, another was charged with stabbing a fellow student on the same day at schools in north Anne Arundel County.

Monday's stabbing at Brooklyn Park-Lindale Middle School, in which the victim was not seriously injured, and an incident just three hours later that involved a student with a .22-caliber handgun at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie, were not isolated occurrences, school officials said yesterday.

"Turn on the evening news and what is the lead story every night? Someone gets shot," said Ken Lawson, assistant superintendent for student services.

Mr. Lawson said he was not surprised that both incidents occurred in middle schools. "One of the characteristics of a growing adolescent is poor judgment."

Mr. Lawson said there were 33 reported cases of students bringing guns to school during the 1991-92 year, the most recent year that statistics are available. That includes pellet guns and starter pistols.

During that time, there were 34 cases of students bringing other weapons to school, including knives, and 125 cases of physical assault, officials said.

County police said the stabbing occurred between classes shortly after 11 a.m. in a bathroom near the cafeteria of Brooklyn Park-Lindale Middle. "One kid said to another kid, 'I hear you were talking about my girlfriend,' " Mr. Lawson said.

Police said a 14-year-old, whom they did not name because he faces juvenile charges, allegedly took out a 3-inch pen knife and stabbed Darryl Ryan Marsh, 14, in the chest.

Darryl, who lives in Glen Burnie, was taken by ambulance to Harbor Hospital Center and was released from the emergency room yesterday, a hospital spokesman said. Police said the youth suffered superficial wounds.

The 14-year-old suspect was charged as a juvenile with stabbing with intent to maim, battery and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

He was being held yesterday at Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.

"It certainly was a terrifying and frightening experience," said Joel Drapalski, the school principal.

Mr. Drapalski said he talked to the wounded youth yesterday morning just before he was released. "He said he planned to come back to school on Monday. We're real pleased with that."

About three hours after the stabbing, the principal of Corkran Middle in Glen Burnie caught a 14-year-old youth with a handgun.

Police said Principal Richard Kubatko heard rumors in school that a student had a weapon. About 2 p.m., he searched the student and found the gun in a right coat pocket and bullets stashed in the lining, police said.

The student also had a pager, which violates school policy.

The youth was charged as a juvenile with possession of a handgun and released to his parents.

Nancy Jane Adams, a school department spokeswoman, would not comment on specific disciplinary action, but said cases such as these can result in suspension.

Mr. Lawson said it is important for parents to understand that any kind of weapon, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is forbidden on school grounds.

"We have parents who look at us funny when we confiscate a pen knife and suspend the kid," Mr. Lawson said.

"But that is exactly the kind of knife that was used on Monday."

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