Student Seriously Beaten At South River

| October 6, 2010 | 27 Comments

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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