6 arrested as family feud erupts at school

April 03, 2009|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com

A scuffle at a Howard County high school between adults and teens from two feuding families led to six arrests, police and school officials said. Four students and two adults were charged with disorderly conduct in the incident Tuesday at Reservoir High in Fulton, police said.

The members of the two families - students ages 15 to 17 and two female adults - encountered one another in the front office during the school day and began to bicker, said school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan. The families had been involved in a long-running feud in their neighborhood in Laurel, Caplan said.

"It started to get real ugly," Caplan said. "The staff stepped in. 911 was called."

The incident was one of three this week in which police were summoned to Howard County schools. On Wednesday, a student was arrested after scuffling with a school resource officer at Hammond High. The officer encountered the girl, 16, in a hallway when the student began to "give him lip," Caplan said. A scuffle ensued and the student's sister joined in, Caplan said. The 16-year-old was charged with second-degree assault, destruction of property, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations, said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

And on Tuesday, a substitute teacher at Phelps Luck Elementary was hit in the back of the head with a rock thrown by a fifth-grader, Caplan said. The teacher suffered minor injuries and was treated by a school nurse. Police came to the school, but no arrest was made.

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