By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun
8:17 PM EST, February 8, 2013
An Arundel Middle School student was issued a juvenile citation Tuesday after two classmates told school officials that he threatened them with a 3-inch knife, one of two incidents at the Odenton school this week.
Also this week, a teacher was videotaped screaming at a student while admonishing her in front of classmates Wednesday. The video was posted on Facebook, and the teacher has since been removed from her classroom and is on leave while school officials investigate.
In the knife incident, Anne Arundel County police said in a news release that Arundel Middle's resource officer was told about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday that a 12-year-old male student had made threats with the knife to a 12-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl.
The suspect was detained and a 3-inch folding knife was found inside his locker, police said. The knife was confiscated and the student was charged on a misdemeanor juvenile citation with one count of possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds and two counts of threatening students. He was released into his parents' custody.
In a letter that went out Thursday to parents, Arundel Middle Principal Yolanda Clark said, "In addition to any charges from police, I assure you that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken with regard to any student who is found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct."
She commended students who alerted administrators about the incident.
In a second letter to parents, Clark said that the teacher who was videotaped admonishing a student had been involved in two incidents at the school. The teacher "exhibited poor judgment in her behavior toward students in two different classrooms — one of them her own and one that of another teacher," Clark said in the letter.
"This behavior is inconsistent with that which we expect of our educators, and our school system is addressing this matter quickly," she wrote.
Anne Arundel schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Friday that Clark met with parents of some of the students to discuss their concerns about the teacher.
Mosier said that the teacher, whom he identified as Latesha Blue, has not been in class since the incident. Mosier said she has been a county school employee since August 2007 and an Arundel Middle teacher since August 2010. Attempts to reach Blue for comment Friday were unsuccessful.
"The video is certainly disturbing and not indicative of the great work that our teachers do in classrooms every day," said Mosier. "We have launched an investigation into the matter immediately and will make appropriate decisions once our investigation is complete."
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