Two stabbed in Arundel school Student, teacher taken to hospital


A 13-year-old boy and a teacher were stabbed during a fight inside Annapolis Middle School this morning, Anne Arundel County school officials said.

James Venerable 4th, an eight-grade student, was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. School officials said he was stabbed once in the upper body with a serrated steak knife.

Nancy Jane Adams, a spokeswoman for the school system, said the Venerable youth and and another eighth-grade student got into a fight in a hallway near the main office on the first floor of the school, in the 1300 block of Forest Drive.

She said the fight was witnessed by many students and a teacher, Michael Hughes, who tried to break it up. Mr. Hughes was stabbed once in his hand. He also was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center. His condition was not known, but Ms. Adams said the injury did not appear to be serious.

The fight broke out about 8:30 a.m. just before the first class period.

Counselors and members of a school crisis intervention team went to the school to help students deal with the situation. Ms. Adams said all classes went on as normal.

At 9:40 a.m., police escorted a teen-ager out of the school in handcuffs. As the officers were putting the youth into a squad car, a young man walked out of the school and shouted at the suspect: "You stabbed my brother? You stabbed my brother. They better not let you come home. There won't be any shock-trauma for you."

The individual who shouted refused to identify himself to reporters or comment any further before he got into a car and drove off.

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