Five students involved in attack to leave Meade

October 21, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

At least five students involved in a brawl Sept. 30 at Meade High School in which the school librarian was kicked and stomped won't be returning to the school, Principal George Kispert said yesterday.

Two of them are to be expelled, two more transferred to The Learning Center for students with behavioral problems, and one is to be transferred to another high school, he said.

Mr. Kispert suspended 18 students. Nine of them were reinstated after signing a contract promising to stay out of trouble. Two others had their suspensions expunged after school officials realized they weren't involved in the fight, he said.

Two students are to remain on extended suspension until they are tried on charges stemming from the fight, Mr. Kispert said. "If they're found guilty, we'll recommend expulsion."

Any punishment longer than a five-day suspension must be approved by Superintendent Carol S. Parham or a designated administrator.

In addition to school disciplinary action, six of the students face juvenile charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault with intent to maim. The assault with intent to maim charges were placed against two students who allegedly beat the school librarian, Donald Gobbi.

Mr. Gobbi has been recuperating at home since his release from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center the day of the fight and has requested a transfer from Meade High.

Ironically, the two students whose argument triggered the melee will not be charged because they never threw any punches, administrators said.

In the three weeks since the fight, tempers have cooled, Mr. Kispert said. "Last week we had a normal homecoming week. The kids really needed that kind of uplift."

Mr. Kispert also has arranged for five so-called "town hall" meetings in the next three weeks to listen to parents' concerns and answer their questions.

"I'm hoping they'll have a chance to ask whatever they want to ask," he said.

In addition, the school will adopt a peer mediation and conflict resolution program, get students to commit to a "peace pledge" to resolve disagreements amicably, and have teachers patrol halls more during class changes, he said.

"We're also going to have a full day of training for teachers on intervening in fights and how to deal with aggressive behavior, and the possible threat of weapons," Mr. Kispert said.

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