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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Violence at Forestville High School

(Posted 11 Oct 2007)
Forestville academy takes steps to slow violence; Two students taken to hospital, eight arrested after Oct. 4 fight.
Gazette, 11 Oct 2007 (Noble).
Students at Forestville Military Academy are worried about the continuation of what they say was a gang fight at the school on Oct. 4.
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After the fight, two students were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Of the eight students arrested for the incident, seven were younger than 18.

John White, spokesman for Prince George’s County Schools, said 13 students were involved in the fight, including three who were previously suspended and should not have been in the building.
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White said he was unaware of any previous outbreaks of violence at Forestville.
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Tenth-grader Stephanie Mendez, 15, did tell her mother about the fights at the school and stayed home the next day because she was fearful of returning to the school.

‘‘Some students were very frightened because of this,” Mendez said. ‘‘Half the student body left [early on Oct. 4].”

Mendez worries about the safety of her younger brothers when they reach high school because of gang violence. To remedy the problems Mendez would like to see more parents involved in the PTSA.

PTSA members did not return calls by press time.

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