Schools melee investigated

22 girls arrested after Poly-City game

November 14, 2007|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun Reporter

In a recently updated posting on the popular Internet Web site MySpace.com, one 15-year-old girl who claims to go to Baltimore City College taunts her school's biggest rival: Poly got beat twice in one day.

The girl's boast refers to City's 26-20 win over Polytechnic Institute on the football field Saturday afternoon and what she believes was the outcome of a melee involving more than 20 girls in the parking lot after the game.

City and schools police were called to Lot D of M&T Bank Stadium to break up a fight as fans poured out of the annual game between two of Baltimore's most prestigious public schools. Police say they arrested 22 girls from eight high schools involved in the brawl, including several from City and Poly.

Schools police say they are continuing to investigate what started the fight. One Poly student was treated for minor injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital, schools police say. No other girls were hurt.

In addition to City and Poly students, girls from Western, Edmondson, Mergenthaler-Vocational Technical, Samuel L. Banks and Baltimore County's Pikesville and Parkville high schools were involved, according to city schools Chief Marshall "Toby" Goodwin.

City police officers were called to help contain the brawl. Officer Troy Harris, a department spokesman, said city police had to arrest so many girls because of how "large it had grown."

"I don't have any idea of how it started," he added.

The girls were taken to the Juvenile Justice Center in Baltimore, where they were released to adult supervision, Goodwin said. One girl, who police say kicked another girl in the head, was charged with second-degree assault.

Only one of the participants was charged as an adult and about 20 others were charged as juveniles with disorderly conduct, school officers said.

Goodwin said several of the girls involved in the fight who attend city schools have been suspended. Baltimore County schools officials were notified of the participating students yesterday morning.

City and schools officials say they are unaware of any existing feud among the girls at the schools. But some parents say students had been exchanging nasty messages on the Internet.

Judy Bellamy said her daughter, a City College graduate, was attacked by a group of girls from rival schools two years ago.

Bellamy said Saturday's fight shows the city's rivals schools have not addressed some of the underlying problems. She said her daughter has a MySpace account and keeps up with what is going on at the schools.

"That's been brewing for the last four months," Bellamy said.

"A lot of it is boyfriend-girlfriend thing. Then there is this girl gang thing going on. And they're on MySpace talking about all types of crazy stuff."

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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