Student Seriously Beaten At South River

| October 6, 2010
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UPDATE: The initial report was filed by Smartphone shortly after the incident happened based on telephone calls and emails received. Some of the information was incomplete and needed clarification. See corrections and updates inline in italics to the original postings at the end.  Here is a cleaned up version:

A 10th grade student at South River High School was beaten severely this afternoon after third period.

From a first responder to the incident, the student had his iPod stolen yesterday and when he confronted the other student who took it, that student and another punched and kicked him until he was unconscious.

The student was flown from the school by Maryland State Police to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

One of the assailants is a Senior from Gambrills and the other is a Junior from Annapolis and plays on the varsity football team.

At the time of publication, Eye On Annapolis had not been successful in getting a statement from the school district. However, in the interim, the school has posted a letter about the incident on the school’s website. (see letter from school here). Due to the lateness of the incident, the school did not send a letter home, but posted it online and made robo-calls at 3:32pm to the parents of South River students instructing them to go to the AACPS website and navigate to the high school’s page. Here is a shortcut.

While the school is classifying this as an “altercation”, student witnesses and first responders indicate that it was significantly more. A first responder indicated that the school nurse “reacted badly” to the severity.

This is the third serious violent incident involving various county sports teams. Earlier this year, two boys who played lacrosse were charged with throwing rocks at pedestrians, one was a student at the private Archbishop Spalding and the other was at Severna Park High School. Last week, a football player (captain of North County High’s football team) was charged with various assault and drug offenses.

The names of the assailants and the victims are being withheld by Eye On Annapolis at this time.

ORIGINAL POSTS WITH CORRECTIONS BELOW

A 10th grade student at South River High School was beaten severely this morning afternoon after third period.

From a parent who is close to the family first responder to the incident, the student had his iPod stolen yesterday and when he confronted the other student who took it, that student and another punched and kicked him until he was unconscious.

The student was flown from the school by Maryland State Police to a trauma center at an area hospital.

The two students who beat the victim are reportedly seniors and members one is a member of the school’s football team.  One of the assailants is also reported to be an out of area student from Annapolis High School.

One of the assailants is a Senior from Gambrills and the other is a junior from Annapolis and plays on the varsity football team.

Eye On Annapolis has contacted the school district for a comment, but have not been able to reach them at this time. (see letter from school here). Due to the lateness of the incident, the school did not send a letter home, but posted it online and made robo-calls at 3:32pm to the parents of South River students instructing them to go to the AACPS website and navigate to the high school’s page. Here is a shortcut.

While the school is classifying this as an “altercation”, student witnesses and first responders indicate that it was significantly more. A first responder indicated that the school nurse “reacted badly” to the severity.

This is the third serious violent incident involving various county football teams. Earlier this year, two boys were charged with throwing rocks at pedestrians, one was a student at the private Archbishop Spalding and the other was a football player for Severna Park high School. Last week, another football player (Captain of North County High football team) was charged with various assault and drug offenses.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.
  • Marcia Zilliacus

    What was a junior from another school doing on school grounds in the hallways during class time?

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      To clarify that. He was an out of area student which means that he is not attending the school which serves his home area. He was enrolled at SRHS legitimately and was not a “trespasser” or anything like that. We are not sure why he was there but there are many reasons. If he was in the STEM program (not offered in Annapolis) that would be a legitimate reason. IT is possible there was a discipline problem in his home school and a transfer was made. He could be there becasue of CAT South. He could (and we have heard this) be there because of the South River football program which is reportedly better than Annapolis.

      He was enrolled at the school and was there “legally”.

  • Marcia Zilliacus

    Thanks for the clarification. It just drew my attention. It does make me a bit nervous as a parent who’s child is looking into one of the newer magnet programs offered at a different school about the safety of sending outside of their home area…familar territory. I get the CAT-S and STEM but being able to go to school because of football? C’mon!!

  • Name (required)

    The victim in this case is my nephew. He was brutally and visciously attacked without warning. Beaten unconscious in a school hallway and flown to shock trauma where he is still in ICU. Every parent, teacher and student that is associated with this school should be outraged that something like this could happen in our schools. It could have just as easily been your child. We need to fight for justice and not allow these barbarians who did this to go back to this school or get off with just probabtion. They caused and intended to cause seriously bodily injury and they succeeded. May God be with my nephew.

  • Name (required)

    Response to the nephews post.
    Yes, Parents are outraged at this.
    I would hope that the animal that did the beating is not allowed back into the school system.
    J and his family will certainly be in our prayers for a quick and full recovery.

  • Fred Shubbie®™©

    name(require) it is indeed an outrageous and misfortunate thing that happened to your nephew. I hope he recovers fully.

  • :(

    Hmmmmm I wonder why the attackers are from outside of South River’s district …….could it be that simliar behavior got them kicked out of their home schools? This is very sad.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      Gambrills goes to srsh for the most part. Out of area from annap can be for a number of resons stem program cat south etc

  • unknown…

    im also a 10th grade student at sr and that is not what happened. the two kids who hit the other(who is my friend and the nicest guy ever) were completely unrelated.
    i had never heard that he confronted the kid about the ipod but i knew it was over an ipod. he hit him once and tried to start more stuff but a fight didnt happen.
    the second kid hit him because he got a water bottle thrown at him and thought it was that kid. it wasnt…but he hit him anyways.
    it was not a fight and the boy who got hit did absolutely nothing unlike what the articles and letters are saying.

    ohh and all of them do go to sr.
    my point is, every student knows that the kid who got beat did nothing but there not saying it in these articles. the kids who hit him were two obnoxious rude annoying and stupid kids that need to grow up and learn how to deal with there emotions. and leave south river. now.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      @unknown–I think there may be a difference in understanding of terms. We have not reported that the victim was aggressive in any way and have taken the stance that it was essentially an unprovoked attack.

      We learned that the victim asked for his iPod back and the one aggressor laughed and then threw the first punch. We heard at that time the second aggressor (who is friends wiht the first) joined in the fray.

      I also heard from a student there that the water bottle was thrown by a fourth person and it ended up hitting the second aggressor who thought the victim had thrown it at him.

      But regardless, this was wholly preventable and is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved. I do agree with you that there is no place for these two at South River.

  • Name (required)

    The aggressor who threw the first punch is unfortunately being let back into south river after serving a ten day suspension. The second aggressor is still being held in cheltenham because he injured some one in the process of hitting the victim.

    I really disagree that they are letting him back into school. I go to south river and i saw what really happened.

    The victim did not once confront the aggressor. I saw the aggressor run up the hallway & begin to hit him. A water bottle was thrown and thats when the second aggressor stepped in. It wasnt just a regular high school fight, at all. It breaks my heart to see that Chris Jones wasnt enough of an example to these people.

    They are being charged with second degree assault (as minors) as far as i know. I am not sure of the second aggressors charges yet.

    My little sister is good friends with the victim, and when she told me of his injuries, it really broke my heart. I just picture someone doing that to my little brother, or a close friend.

    You are in my prayers J !

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      NOTE: The above is unconfirmed. We have a call into the district for a comment or clarification.

  • Name (required)

    If you look on hometownannapolis.com it clarifies that they will be charged with second degree assault.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      The unconfirmed part is the allowing him back after a ten day suspension.

  • Name (required)

    That is what I heard from his family.

  • helen kope

    I was with XXXX and his family at a restaurant Sunday Oct, 3rd. I remember XXXX and XXXXXX saying that there were “red Necks” at their school and that they were a problem. I was there on Monday the 4th when XXXX told his parents that his ipod was taken. The comments that the parents told when they returned home from confronting the “bully” were disturbing.

    NOTE: Eye On Annapolis is not publishing the names of the involved youths at this point and we have edited this comment accordingly.

  • Anne

    If the two attackers are allowed to return to South River, the safety of every student at that school will be in jeopardy.

  • Alexander

    Let us not lose perspective on this situation. It is very clear that this young teen was assaulted by two older, extremely larger, athletically developed punks in an unprovoked assault.

    Think about this folks, how severely does a child need to be injured in order for the MSP to use a helicopter for transport to the Shock Trauma unit in Baltimore?. I will hold for a second for that to sink in.
    This innocent young teen may lose his eyesight for life. Please close one of your eyes for a couple of seconds and look around… how would you like to go through the rest of your life like that?

    These two examples infer the magnitude which the young teen has initially endured, never mind the time spent in a coma and in the ICU. Kind readers, this does not even begin to cover the physical pain of being viciously kicked, punched, elbowed and physically and mentally terrorized.

    There is no doubt that this poor young teen will need a lot of care and prayer to get better.

    Eye on Annapolis has and is providing a tremendous service to not only its’ local (us, the people with children in the AACPS) but to the nation as well.

    I am surprised that the national wires have not picked up on this horrific story. Mr. Mosier and his cronies must have picked up some very valuable experience from theJavel George / Christopher Jones sorry situation.

    High School is a tenuous time for any and all adolescents. It was for me, I am sure it was for you. It was a time when we learned and acquired the skills to enter adulthood. Where we went from there was our choice. My teachers in High School not only taught me subject matter but rules about behavior and social skills. My coaches taught me about self discipline and a code of conduct. Which brings me back to the point that these two punks have exhibited no self discipline, no respect for the rights of others, and certainly no sense of right and wrong.

    My daughter told me these two are football players. If I ever hit another kid while my teammates were holding him down, my coach would have killed me. Right now as I am keyboarding this, I actually had to stop because I flashbacked to Coach K, and what he would have done to me. I was a wrestler, a big guy. I never pushed any frosh or sophomores around even when I made Varsity in my sophomore year. The code of conduct: my teammates would never condone participation in a gang assault like this.

    What about the young lady who was hurt? Will a 10 day suspension for her be served concurrently as to allow an earlier return to school?

    If my daughter was at SR I would be in Mr. Myers face. Answer the phone, open the door, I pay your salary. What part of en locus parenti doesn’t the AACPS understand? No apologies for my response…Must I have to worry about the safety of my girl while in school, should my daughter have to fear assault or even rape while she is in class every day?

    I don’t think so.

    The AACPS, in my opinion, is trying to squash this story as it exemplifies that they have lost administrative control of their schools. Myers’ letter, the Robo-calls, and allowing one of the brutal beasts back into school to continue the facade of all is back to normal is administrative misconduct.

    This is so blatant, that even Mosier, et.al. ,are attempting to distance themselves by stating that it is the school’s individual choice on how to handle the situation. This is an attempt to fool us, the parents, that everything is great. That education and not socialization is our only mission; “c’mon let’s take another standardized test to ensure the parents and students that we are a phenomenal county”.

    To the teachers, I have great respect and admiration. I know for a fact that amongst themselves and out of ear shot they look at each other and say “altercation?” then sigh in their own personal disgust.

    As parents, for the sake of our children, we need to follow through with the administration at all levels. If Myers will answer the telephone and if he does not, call Lorna Leone , she is the Assistant Superintendant at 410.676.9747 / 9748) Parents and students should not let this brutal assault with intent to cause great grievous harm be swept underneath the rug.

    Teachers and coaches need our support. Parental involvement in the school system is needed. Necessary to not only ensure that our children are receiving a quality education but as an example for our children to see us doing something positive.

    Role model for your kids, because the overwhelmed coaches and teachers sometimes see our kids more often than we do (try as we may to stay involved in their lives). Moreover, if administrators know we are amongst them, it might be causation for honest administrative action. This is progressive education not merely spraying with Febreeze to make it smell nice.

    Oh by the way – “altercation” – my ass.”

    Pray for the health and recovery of that young teen. Does your child have an iPod?

  • Michael Willis

    One more thing. Others have suggested expressing outrage to the assistant superintendent for the feeder system. The problem with such a course is that NOBODY in the school system, including the superintendent and the Board of Education, is directly beholden to the public. Just one of the downsides to having an unelected Board. Folks need to raise holy hell with somebody in that chain of command who answers to the public.

    These are PUBLIC schools. It’s time they stop trying to act as if the things they do are subject to the same secrecy laws as the CIA.

  • Name (required)

    I think they should just beat the —- out of these bastards that did this…..

  • John Smith

    You want change in the school systems in Maryland? It can only be accomplished by voting in the right people to run the state.

    Send all incumbents and anyone who want to run for an official office in Maryland a message!

    Wake up Maryland citizens, and vote out all incumbents!

  • Alexander

    John,
    You are absolutly correct, however we need to keep our focus on: the recovery of the young teen, ensuring that these thugs are not allowed to be charged as juveniles with a slap on the wrist, and to let AACPS know that we are watching what they do.
    Myers in particular has a great deal to do in the outcome of what happens here with his cooperation with not only the authorities,but, in how he presents to Ms. Leone, after all it is his school.
    You should read how he literaly attempts to placate (us) the parents with his last softball letter Still the minimizer.
    How the AACPS handles this will truely indicate the future of student behavior. Again displaying to everyone that through administrative misconduct, they have lost control of their schools.
    Oh, by the way – “a fight” – my ass.
    Our children will not be safe in school if an incorrect message is sent .