Librarian hurt by school brawlers

October 01, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A librarian and an art teacher were injured yesterday as they tried to break up a student brawl at Meade Senior High School, authorities said.

Donald Gobbi, the librarian, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, said Anne Arundel County police spokesman Randy Bell. Mr. Gobbi was released last night, ...^...C hospital spokeswoman said.

John O'Neill, the art teacher, was treated at North Arundel Hospital for minor injuries and released, Officer Bell said.

Five students received minor injuries in the fracas, which brought county officers and military police from Fort Meade rushing to the school. They were treated at local hospitals and released. The high school is on Fort Meade.

Police from both departments patrolled the school the rest of the day to prevent further incidents and to question students about the fight.

"There have been no charges placed today but probably will be in the future," Officer Bell said.

Neither Officer Bell nor Ken Lawson, the associate superintendent for instruction and student services for county schools, could say what caused the fight, which began about 10:30 a.m. as students were changing classes.

Mr. Lawson said black and white students were involved, but he would not say whether the disturbance appeared to have been caused by a racial incident.

Mr. Lawson said two students began arguing by lockers near an art room. As a crowd of nearly 100 students gathered to watch, the argument escalated to fisticuffs, and anywhere from eight to 12 other students joined in.

Mr. Gobbi and Mr. O'Neill were caught in a barrage of punches as they tried to wade through the crowd to separate the students. Mr. Gobbi was knocked to the ground.

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