A 13-year-old student at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie was injured Tuesday when he fell face-down, unconscious, onto a tile floor after another student put him into a choke hold, Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday.
Police said they were told by an assistant principal that the 13-year-old boy was washing his face when another student came up behind him, put him a choke hold and let go once the 13-year-old became unconscious.
In a letter to parents, Corkran principal Jolyn Davis said the incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. in the bathroom of the boy's locker room. School spokesman Bob Mosier said other students saw it take place toward the end of a physical education class, and that so far, it did not appear that there was a history of problems between the two eighth-graders.
The injured boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with multiple facial injuries, and police said he remained hospitalized and was stable.
A 14-year-old boy was a charged with first- and second-degree assault and disruption of school activities. Mosier said that student is not in school now, but could not discuss the student's status further. In the letter, the principal wrote that she "will seek the strongest possible sanctions with regard to this student."