Four juveniles to be charged in Joppatowne High assault, police say


Four juveniles entered Joppatowne High School Tuesday afternoon and allegedly got into a fight with a student in the cafeteria, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the school resource officer at Joppatowne High, in the 500 block of Joppa Farm Road, saw a juvenile male in the school who wasn’t a student, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The male attempted to flee the school, but was apprehended, according to Kyle Andersen, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

Police determined that two juvenile males, one 14 and one 15, allegedly stole a car from Eloise Lane and drove to Edgewood Middle School, Andersen said.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11:30 a.m. with a report about the stolen car.

At Edgewood Middle, the two juveniles picked up two more juvenile males, both 14, and drove to Joppatowne High School, Andersen said.

When they got to the school, they got into a fight with a male Joppatowne High student in the cafeteria, according to the release.

The male victim was taken to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment of his injuries, Andersen said.

No weapons were involved in the incident, he said.

The four juveniles are in the process of being charged, according to Cristie Kahler, director of media relations for the Sheriff’s Office.

She said the school resource officer was at the school and noticed the student who wasn’t supposed to be in the school and took action before being notified of the assault.

“This highlights the importance of SROs in the school and getting to know their students,” Kahler said.

Jillian Lader, a spokesperson for Harford County Public Schools, said the intruders got in as a Joppatowne student was exiting the school.

A message was sent Tuesday evening to the Joppatowne High community by the school’s principal.

“Good evening. This is Pam Ziegler, principal of Joppatowne High School calling with an important message. As you may be aware, an altercation took place in our cafeteria today, Tuesday, March 13. Those involved entered the building through a door that was being used as an exit by a Joppatowne student. All of the individuals involved have been apprehended and are facing criminal charges as well as appropriate disciplinary action by HCPS. We will continue to remind our students and staff that only the Main Entrance doors should be used for entering and exiting the building. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

No further information was available from the Sheriff’s Office or school system with both agencies citing the ongoing investigation.

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