UPDATE: 7 Students Charged in Annapolis High Incident
A school spokesman says the incident was related to something posted on social media.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.)—Anne Arundel County police released information Monday afternoon about the seven students charged after a fight at Annapolis High School earlier in the day.
An incident occurred Monday just after 7 a.m. in the cafeteria of Annapolis High School that resulted in five girls and two boys being charged by police, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesman Bob Mosier.
In a letter to Annapolis High parents, Principal Don Lilley stated the incident caused "a large number of police to respond to our school as a precautionary measure." Click here to see the letter.
Mosier said one student reportedly had a bloody nose but was not transported for medical attention and police canceled the ambulance called to the scene.
Anne Arundel County police said the incident appears to have started between a teen girl and an 18-year-old named Lakyra Reid because of something posted on social media over the weekend.
Mosier said the argument between the two took place in the school's cafeteria and a chair was reportedly thrown. Due to the large number of students gathered in one place before classes started, Mosier said the school resource officer requested backup.
Police said Reid was charged with affray (public fight that disturbs the peace), disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations, assault and resisting arrest; she is charged with assaulting a police officer.
The teen girl involved in the argument with Reid was charged with affray, disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations, assault and reckless endangerment (in response to using a metal/plastic chair as a weapon).
Police said other students gathered to watch the fight and "formed a loud, disorderly crowd" and several other students became involved before order could be restored.
Tamira Monique Smith, 18, and four juveniles were charged with affray, disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations. Another teen girl was also charged with assault and reckless endangerment (in response to using a metal/plastic chair as a weapon).
Lilley stated in the letter to parents that the "school will be taking appropriate disciplinary action with regard to any student in violation of the Code of Student Conduct."
The situation was brought under control quickly, but Mosier said Monday morning that an extra police presence will be maintained at the school through dismissal. Parents were informed later in the letter from Lilley that the "instructional day continued without interruption."
This is the second incident in a week that resulted in police arresting an Annapolis High student: A bus driver reportedly discovered a student with marijuana on a school bus in the parking lot on Wednesday.