Principal hit during teen fight

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

October 28, 2005|By ANICA BUTLER

The principal of North County High School was punched in the head while trying to stop a fight between three teenagers, who now are suspended and facing juvenile charges, authorities said yesterday.

The three Glen Burnie girls - ages 13, 14 and 15 - argued at a bus stop near their school around 7 a.m. Wednesday, said an Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman. The three were calm on the bus, but an anonymous caller had alerted school administrators that a fight might break out, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, the spokesman.

When the bus arrived at the school, Principal Patricia Plitt and teacher Gary Liddick were outside waiting, Urbas said. The 13-year-old appeared irate when she got off the bus, Urbas said, but as Liddick tried to control the girl, she was punched by the other girls and fell to the ground, Urbas said.

Others on the scene helped break up the fight, and the girls were separated. As Plitt approached the 14-year-old to calm her, the teen cursed at the principal and struck her in the head, knocking her down, Urbas said.

Plitt was taken by ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, treated and released, and was back at work yesterday, officials said. Liddick was treated at the hospital for a shoulder injury and released, Urbas said.

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