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Police called to South High six times in less than two weeks

Seven students charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to assault

Seven students charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to assault

November 24, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department was called to South Hagerstown High School six times between Nov. 6 and 17.

Seven students were charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to second-degree assault and face legal action in the juvenile justice system, Hagerstown Police Capt. Mark Holtzman said Tuesday.

The students also face disciplinary action from the school system, a school system official said.

Holtzman said the volume of police visits to the school earlier this month was higher than usual.

"I don't have a cause," Holtzman said. "It's not a typical week. It was just fights at the school."

Holtzman said no one was injured seriously during the incidents, which were unrelated and involved only males.

According to Hagerstown Police records, the following incidents occured:

Nov. 6

o One student was charged with second-degree assault.

o One student was charged with disorderly conduct.

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Nov. 12

o Two students were charged with disorderly conduct.

o One student was charged with second-degree assault,

Nov. 13

o One student was charged with making a threat on school property.

Nov. 17

o One student was charged with having a juvenile detention warrant.

Holtzman said in addition to the students who were charged from Nov. 6 to 17, three students at Antietam Academy were charged for trespassing at South Hagerstown High School. The students had been transferred to Antietam Academy from South Hagerstown High School, Holtzman said, and returned to see their friends.

John Davidson, director of student services for Washington County Public Schools, said the students would be disciplined by school officials.

He said the degree of the disciplinary action would depend on each student's history and the severity of the infraction.

In the case of an assault, Davidson said, a student could face in-school suspension or expulsion.

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