Howard High teacher robbed, knifed in school

September 27, 1994|By Staff Report

A Howard High School health teacher was robbed by two men and stabbed in the stomach at the school around 6:45 a.m. today, county police reported.

Kathleen Johnson, 46, who lives in Elkridge, was taken to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia after a student found her lying semi-conscious on the floor of her office at the school on Route 108 on the northern edge of Columbia. A hospital spokesman said Ms. Johnston was admitted in stable condition.

School officials told county police that Ms. Johnson, who has taught at the school for 21 years, arrived at the school at 6:30 a.m. and was found on the floor about 15 minutes later.

Ms. Johnston told police she had been accosted and robbed by two men. Police would provide few additional details.

Sgt. Steven Keller said that investigators believe the teacher suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen.

A kitchen knife was found next to the woman, Sergeant Keller said.

"There's the possibility that this is not a robbery, but we're going on the premise that it is a robbery, because that's what the victim told us," Sergeant Keller said. "Nothing appeared to have been taken and there was no sign of forced entry."

Patti Caplan, a spokesman for the Howard county school system, said a Crisis Intervention Team had been sent to the school to help students and other teachers deal with the incident.

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