5 city students charged in teacher attack

November 26, 2008|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,sara.neufeld@baltsun.com

Five students were arrested and charged yesterday with attacking two teachers at Forest Park High School in Baltimore, school system officials and school sources said.

The attack was apparent retaliation against one of the teachers, who said he was the victim of an unarmed robbery by two other students at the school Monday and reported the incident. City police came to the school yesterday to arrest those two students.

Then, at about 10:40 a.m., the brother of one of the robbery suspects attacked the teacher, and other students joined in, school sources said. Another teacher tried to come to his colleague's aid, and he bore the brunt of the assault. City police were called to assist school police. The school was on lockdown for hours.

FOR THE RECORD - Several articles and headlines about the Nov. 21 stabbing death of Markel Williams, a 15-year-old student at William H. Lemmel Middle School, did not provide sufficient context about the history of violence in Baltimore schools. On Jan. 17, 2001, just before school began, Juan Matthews was fatally shot near the entrance of Lake Clifton-Eastern High School. The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.

City school system spokeswoman Edie House said no one was seriously injured. The five students were charged with common assault and disorderly conduct.

But the attack wasn't the only incident of violence in city schools yesterday, and it comes less than a week after a student was fatally stabbed outside a Baltimore middle school.

At Maritime Industries Academy, a high school in a strip mall on West North Avenue, five girls were fighting in the cafeteria about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, and two were transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of injuries, House said. At Patterson High School, a bathroom fire required an hourlong evacuation.

House said disciplinary action is pending against students involved in all the incidents.

On Friday, a parent was arrested at Matthew Henson Elementary and charged with attacking a teacher who had a conflict with her son. The assault took place in front of a classroom of children. Lakia Farmer, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. Charging documents say she used a blunt object, possibly a cell phone, to hit the teacher in the eye.

Also Friday, the body of 15-year-old Markel Williams was found outside William H. Lemmel Middle School. A classmate, 14-year-old Timothy Oxendine, was charged in the killing.

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