11 Meade students arrested in brawl

5 police officers hurt in melee on last day of classes

June 16, 2007

Eleven students were arrested and five police officers received minor injuries because of a brawl that broke out on the last day of classes at Meade High School, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

A large group of students was gathered in the school gym about 9:40 a.m. yesterday when several students started arguing over a cell phone, police said in a statement.

As the teens got into fighting stances, a circle quickly formed around them. Police called to the school who tried to separate the students were attacked.

More police were sent to the scene and five were hurt trying to break up the melee. None of them required hospitalization, a department spokesman said.

Officers arrested 11 students, 10 of whom were charged as juveniles, and 18-year-old Stacie N. Beauford of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive in Severn.

All were charged with a combination of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and disruption of school activities.

One was also charged with drug possession.

The school's administration, with the help of county and Fort Meade police, county sheriff's deputies and personnel from the National Security Agency, dismissed the students without further incident.

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