Police investigate Oakland Mills break-in; Principal called police after hearing of party


Howard County police began investigating yesterday a Saturday night break-in at Oakland Mills High School where they believe several students held a party that included under-age drinking and sexual activity.

Police first learned of the incident after the school's principal, Marshall Peterson, reported it yesterday afternoon, saying he heard about the event from students, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, the police spokesman.

"There were rumors going around the school about this party," Carroll said.

Officials believe five to nine high school students left a countywide wrestling tournament at River Hill High School in Clarksville -- where Oakland Mills students were participating -- and entered the Columbia high school.

The three-hour tournament ended about 10: 30 p.m., and police believe the students broke in about 11 p.m.

Police said the break-in appeared to be planned.

"Apparently several students entered through a rear door that they left unlocked," Carroll said.

Once inside, police believe, the students held a three-hour party in a men's locker room.

"We do have information that several students were drinking," Carroll said. "We also found some evidence there may have been some sexual activity."

Carroll said investigators have names of several students who may have been involved and met with some of them yesterday.

Police said that if arrested, the students could be charged with third-degree burglary -- a felony.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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