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South River Students To Be Tried As Adults

| October 14, 2010, 05:02 PM | 18 Comments

UPDATE 10:16pm 10/14/10: Jacob Dick was arrested and briefly held and has posted bail and has been released.

This report just in from the Anne Arundel County Police Department:

On October 14, 2010, investigators met with the State’s Attorney’s Office and presented additional evidence collected during the investigation.  The State’s Attorney’s Office determined the suspects should be charged as adults and arrest warrants were subsequently obtained.  The suspects are identified as:

Suspect #1:  Jacob Dick, 2054 Huntwood Drive, Gambrills, 17-years-old.
Charges: 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment, disturbance of school operations, and mayhem

Suspect #2:  Vernon Kilory Johnson, 148 Brightwater Drive, Annapolis, 17-years-old.
Charges: 1st degree assault, two counts of 2nd degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, disturbance of school operations, and mayhem

Jacob Dick was taken into custody and the warrants served early this afternoon.  Vernon Johnson, who is still in juvenile custody, is expected to be served early next week.  The victim has been released from the hospital and continues to recover from the incident.

Vernon Johnson has been charged in a beating of a South River High School student

Vernon Johnson (top row 4th from left, #70) poses with the 2010 South River High School varsity football team. Johnson has been charged in the assault of a student at the school.

The school also just sent out a robo call (501pm) directing parent to a letter on the school’s website. In the letter, Mr. Myers indicates that he has been in touch with the Central Office to convey his feelings on this matter.  He stops short of saying what punishment the school will be administering, however, with criminal charges of 1st and 2nd degree assault by the State’s Attorney they will be hard pressed to deem this a simple “fight”.

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  1. tracy olsen says:

    They should be tried as adults and why not with theft of the ipod, isn’t that what precipitated the assault? They also should be expelled from school for the safety of the students and staff at South River. My child is a student at South River and I shouldn’t have to worry about her safety while she is at school. It time to take a firm stance against violence in our schools,

  2. running with scissors says:

    So I guess the 1st question is why is a kid from Annapolis attending South River? Could itbe he got busted out of Annapolis High? Maybe that should have been explained too.

  3. John Frenaye says:

    Not necessarily. The school will not disclose why he was there but it could be disciplinary, he could be in the STEM program, he could be taking classes at CAT South, or he may have a parent living in the SRHS area and chose to attend that school versus Annapolis High.

  4. Michael Willis says:

    Didn’t the lax players start out like this? Then after a little time passed and people’s attention waned, off they went to juvenile court.

  5. Michael Willis says:


    “What were we supposed to do? Our hands are tied!” Isn’t that starting to wear a little thin? Of course, the cops really can’t do anything without an official complaint, but I don’t believe our schools are so restricted.

  6. John Frenaye says:

    Actually, I believe it was indeed on the front page of the paper on Friday or Saturday.

  7. Michael Willis says:

    I was talking about the online version… Who gets hardcopy newspapers any more??

  8. Love says:

    Now it doesnt matter what school the kid went to from annapolis…Is it because the kid from annapolis is black and south river is majority white..Before you talk about one person check the other. Cut the dumb comments and come real. thank you!

  9. Michael Willis says:

    Ahhhh, the race card. THAT should clear everything up!!

  10. Name (required) says:

    Let’ see,loss of an eye, being beat into a coma and may never be right equals 10 day susspension.Wow!!!!
    What a country!There would have been more action done to these bastards if animals were involved.Now what if this kid had died?? 20 day suspenssion? How would you feel if it was your kid….Bet your kid has an eye pod! Let’s think this through folks,it was an adult action and they should pay!!!

  11. paintball says:

    They re both my friends i do understand the results but teenagers do get in fights. its just a fight i could have been worse . it was just a fight

  12. John Frenaye says:

    FYI, the school will not confirm any punishment due to “privacy” concerns. However, I believe that the two students are indeed being either home schooled or re-assigned to an alternative high school. The one (Jake Dick) was in school last week and escorted by administrators. I believe this was the end of the ten day suspension (where he would not be allowed in school period) and he was there to pick up his personal belongings.

    So yes, it appears that there was a 10 day suspension and now they will be alternately schooled away from South River. Plus they will need to deal with whatever consequences they face criminally and civilly.

  13. John Frenaye says:

    No paintball it was not just a fight. Did you see the fight? Or are you just defending your friends? Yes, it could have been worse–but not too much worse.

  14. paintball says:

    yes i did see the fight and this escaladed to much

  15. John Frenaye says:

    I think your priorities are messed up. I have spoken with three witnesses to the fight. I spoke to the first arriving medic. I have spoken to the family of the injured student. Maybe you can ask him if her feels it it being blown out of proportion–but be sure to approach him from the right as he is still blind in one eye.

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