Maryland

September 07, 2007|By Justin Fenton

Assault on students prompts Annapolis school lockdown An Annapolis school for children with emotional problems was locked down yesterday after Annapolis police received a report of an assault, possibly involving someone armed with a gun, police said.

Police received two calls yesterday about 1:25 p.m. from staff members at the Phoenix Center, in the 200 block of Locust Ave., reporting a possible assault during dismissal.

Two male students were about to board a school bus when three older teenage boys crossed the street and attacked them, staff members told police. One staff member thought one of the aggressors had a gun, said Officer Hal Dalton, a city police spokesman.

He said the younger boys weren't hurt in the attack and were not cooperating with the investigation.

After a canvass of the area involving helicopters and police dogs, police arrested two suspects, ages 16 and 18. Neither had a gun. Police were trying to identify the third suspect, police said.

The Phoenix Center was locked down until 2:50 p.m., by which time most of the students had left the school for the day.

School officials asked for extra police presence at nearby Germantown Elementary for its dismissal about 3:15 p.m. and for this morning at both schools, said Bob Mosier, a spokesman.

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