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Four students arrested at three schools for theft, disorderly conduct

Four students in Harford County Public Schools were arrested in the past several days, including one accused of stealing milk from the cafeteria throughout the school year.

The other three students all were charged with being disorderly in their respective schools – two at Joppatowne High School and one at Edgewood High School.

Last week, a 16-year-old boy was charged with theft less than $100 after he allegedly stole a carton of milk from the cafeteria at Patterson Mill High School, then admitted he's been taking a milk daily during this school year, according to a Harford County Sheriff's Office police report.

During a lunch period at the school Feb. 21, someone reported seeing two students near the milk refrigerator and one of them, the 16-year-old, picked out two chocolate milks and handed one to the other student. When questioned, the boy said he wasn't aware he had to pay for the milks, explaining, "I took them, I didn't know I had to pay for them, I do it every day," according to the report.

School officials asked that the boy be charged with theft; the case was referred to teen court, according to the report.

On the run

The two students at Joppatowne High had school officials on the run for most of the morning Tuesday.

From 7 a.m. until shortly after noon, the two girls, ages 14 and 17, continuously walked in and around the grounds of the school, refusing to go to class, according to a police report. School staff repeatedly tried to get the girls to go to class, then tried to get them to the school office to discipline, but they refused.

When a sheriff's deputy got involved, he took the girls to the main office and when they were told they would be suspended. One of the girls got very angry and walked away. The other student followed, according to the police report.

After several minutes of chasing both around, the deputy arrested the younger girl. The older girl tried to get back in the building but turned around and left. Both girls are charged with disturbing school operations and failure to obey a lawful police order.

The younger girl was released to her guardian; the older girl was served with charging documents, according to the police report.

Student/teacher scuffle

A 15-year-old girl at Edgewood High School got into a scuffle with a teacher on Tuesday.

The girl had an argument with another student that escalated to the point where she was screaming loudly and drawing attention of several nearby students, according to a police report.

A teacher tried to remove the 15-year-old from the situation but she began flailing her arms and tried to pull away and approach the other student again. The teacher was hit in the face with the girl's elbow, according to the report.

A deputy arrived and handcuffed the girl, who was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. She was released to the custody of a guardian.

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