Student, 14, charged in rape of classmate, 12 Incident occurred near Poole Middle


A 14-year-old student was arrested yesterday on charges of raping a 12-year-old classmate just outside Robert Poole Middle School in Hampden, Baltimore police said.

The boy had asked the girl to "go with" him -- or be his steady girlfriend -- and when she refused, pulled her out of the school, threw her to the ground and raped her about 10 a.m., police said.

No one witnessed the scuffle or the rape just outside the school at 1300 W. 36th St.

The girl went back into the school, told a friend what had happened, and the two of them then went to the principal and the vice principal.

The girl was treated at Mercy Medical Center and released.

The boy returned to his classes after the alleged rape, police said. City and school police officers removed him from a classroom and arrested him about 10:30 a.m. He was charged as a juvenile with second-degree rape and was released to the custody of his parents.

"The rape happened right outside the school," said city police Sgt. John Cannon.

"He walked up to her and said, 'I want you to go with me. She told him 'no' and he pulled her outside the school building and pushed her to the ground and raped her," Sergeant Cannon said.

Rita Ridgley, president of the Baltimore City Council of PTAs, called the incident "alarming and quite scary" and said it demonstrates the need for tighter security.

"The crimes off the street are filtering into our schools, and it's time we did something about it," she said.

"It's alarming to me that something like this could happen in school, on the school grounds. We just need more security in these schools and around these schools for our youngsters. It's really getting out of hand."

The citywide PTA plans to meet Nov. 10 to try to come up with ideas to improve school security, she said.

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