Teens charged in prank return to school

January 26, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Two senior athletes at Howard High School returned from suspension Monday after they were arrested, accused of pouring liquid soap in the mouth of a sleeping student during a film arts class and videotaping his reaction.

Corey Omar Curtis and Turrae A. Jones, both 18, are scheduled to appear in Howard County District Court in May for a hearing on charges of assault and battery on the 16-year-old junior Jan. 11.

According to Howard County police, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Jones and the victim were in a classroom of small groups that morning.

While the teacher supervised other students, two students poured liquid dish-washing soap in the youth's mouth while he was sleeping between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The youth -- who was being videotaped -- was shaken awake and started to gag, police said.

The boy was taken to the school nurse's office, and the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue was called. Medical personnel aided the youth and decided not to take him to a hospital because the soap was not poisonous, police said.

School officials called police officers, who arrested Mr. Curtis and Mr. Jones on assault and battery charges. Police said Mr. Jones struggled with two police officers and was also charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Mr. Curtis, a leading scorer on the varsity basketball team, was released on personal recognizance. Mr. Jones, a football standout, was briefly held at the Howard County Detention Center until $500 bail was posted for him the same day, a court commissioner said. Principal Eugene L. Streagle said the two students were suspended for five days, the maximum punishment.

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