West-side middle school stabbing prompts meeting

March 23, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A meeting to discuss a problem with violence at West Baltimore Middle School was announced last night by City Council President Sheila Dixon in the aftermath of the latest incident there - a stabbing yesterday morning.

City schools spokeswoman Vanessa C. Pyatt said a seventh-grade boy allegedly was stabbed by an eighth-grade boy during a fight about 9:20 a.m.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his condition was unavailable; the other boy was arrested, Pyatt said. Names of the juveniles were not divulged.

At last night's council meeting, Dixon said the school also had a problem with five gangs of girls.

A 12-year-old, Nicole Ashley Townes, a sixth-grader at the school, was beaten Feb. 28 at a birthday party, where police say two women and three teens kicked, stomped and punched the girl.

Another girl suffered a similar attack, called "banking," on Friday, according to Dixon's office.

Dixon said she is arranging a meeting Monday at the school with parents, police and school officials.

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