Baltimore County Police in Maryland responded to a report from Loch Raven High School in Towson, just north of Baltimore City, that a student assaulted a teacher at the school before classes were dismissed at 12:30 due to a snowstorm.
The school posted a letter from the principal, Janine Holmes, about the incident, directed to the parents and guardians of about 900 students who attend the school:
I’m writing to inform you of an incident that occurred today at Loch Raven High School.
This morning, a situation occurred between a student and a staff member. Our school resource officer was immediately notified and requested additional police assistance. As a result, several emergency vehicles arrived at school to assist with handling the situation. At no time were students in danger and there was no disruption to the instructional day.
Because of the number of emergency vehicles that arrived at the school, we are sharing this information with our community so you are aware of the incident. Please be assured, the type of behavior exhibited by the student today will not be tolerated. In addition to legal consequences, the school has taken appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook.
The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority of Loch Raven High School and the Baltimore County Public Schools. Thank you for your support of our Loch Raven High School community.
WBAL-TV (NBC affiliate) in Baltimore reported that the student referred to in the letter punched one of the teachers at the school, but no additional details were reported. And WBFF-TV (FOX affiliate) reported that police were called to the scene at about 8:30 AM and that both the student and teacher were injured in the altercation.
There were rumors on social media that weapons were involved, but those rumors were false, according to Officer Jennifer Peach, a police spokeswoman, the Baltimore Sun reported.