Deputies Quell Fight at Edgewood High School

Nine Juveniles Charged

(Edgewood, MD – November 1, 2006) — Harford County Sheriffs Deputies have charged nine juveniles, all students at Edgewood High School, in connection with a fight and disorderly conduct in the school early today. The incident was discovered and reported at approximately 7:30 a.m. by a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office School Policing Unit on foot patrol in the school.

The disturbance occurred in the hallway of the technical education wing of the school when two females engaged in fisticuffs with each other. As DFC Andy Berryman of the School Policing Unit moved in to break up the fight, other students became involved in the altercation. Six additional Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the school to assist faculty members and DFC Berryman in with arrests of those involved.

One faculty member and one student sustained minor injuries which required medical attention from the school nurse. No other injuries were reported.

Of the nine students charged, eight were females. Ages of the suspects ranged from 14 – 17 years.

During a search of the students following their arrests, Sheriffs Deputies recovered a razor knife and pepper spray from one of the female students. The weapons were not involved in the fight.

The suspects were charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting school activities. One student faces an additional charge of assault on a faculty member.

The students were released to the custody of their parents pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. The students also face disciplinary action from the Harford County Board of Education.

The investigation of the disturbance is continuing by the School Policing Unit.