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Nov. 11, 2008

Boy stabbed in fight at Blair

by Kiera Zitelman, Online Editor-in-Chief
A fight broke out between a girl and boy, both 16, in a second-floor hallway just after 9 a.m. today, during the passing period between first period and advisory. The girl stabbed the boy, inflicting a non-serious wound, and proceeded to run out of the school. She was arrested shortly afterwards.

"It started as a verbal altercation and escalated to a physical altercation," Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) Spokesperson Lucille Baur said.

Police were called to the scene at 9:18, and paramedics took the boy to an area hospital, according to Baur. "It was a single, non-life-threatening wound to the shoulder," she said.

The object used in the incident has not been confirmed. "We're calling it a sharp-edged object," Baur said.

While the motive for the altercation has not yet been identified, the boy and girl knew each other prior to the incident but were allegedly not in a romantic relationship. "They were known to one another not as a boyfriend and girlfriend," Baur said.

Principal Darryl Williams made an announcement to students and staff at 2 p.m. "This act of aggression is grossly inappropriate," he said. "We will not tolerate this type of behavior in Montgomery County Public Schools and specifically not at Montgomery Blair." Williams also sent a letter home to parents outlining the incident. He was unavailable for further comment.

After the stabbing, the school entered a brief code blue. "We requested an ambulance and went into a code blue to attend to the male student and to ensure the safety of students and staff," Williams wrote in the letter home.

The girl attempted to board a Metro bus and leave from school, but officials stopped her. "School security officials saw her leaving the school," Baur said. "A school educational facilities officer stopped the Metro bus and took her into custody." Williams added that the student had been arrested off of school grounds.

The incident was not related to the recent shooting death of Blair freshman Tai Lam, according to Baur. A Takoma Park man allegedly belonging to the MS-13 gang has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, and the MCPD has issued arrest warrants for two other alleged MS-13 members in connection to Lam's death. "There is no relationship between this incident and the death of Tai Lam," Baur said.

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  • Anon Emos (View Email) on November 11, 2008 at 7:49 PM
    It's extremely discouraging for this to happen... Especially after what just happened to Tai. People, when one of our own, an innocent freshman (someone who everyone knew and loved) passes away because of a violent crime, it is a time for the Blair community to COME TOGETHER and support eachother. Stop the violence and keep the peace. fighting, not to mention a STABBING, are not part of the process we need to take in order to keep this peace at our school.
  • Kayne on November 12, 2008 at 9:47 AM
    Who was the girl??
  • Blair Alum on November 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM
    Obviously, since I graduated from blair in 05 stuff is getting out of hand. Kids are even more stupid it seems. No one knows that when you stab someone its ATTEMPTED MURDER. If shes found guilty she'll be sitting in prison. She should have thought about that....wether she was called a roller or not. lol
  • ALUMNAE3 on November 14, 2008 at 1:24 PM
    @blair alum
    What do u mean?
    While @ Blair did u keep the peace?
    If so, we need 2 send you overseas.
    Blair Alum:: 11/13/2008
    Obviously, since I graduated from blair in 05 stuff is getting out of hand.
  • alumnae3 on November 14, 2008 at 1:24 PM
    Didnt Blair JUST have a mtg on Monday nite (M10Nov)?
    Then this stabbing on Tues.

    Violence happens It is sad but so long as there are haves and have nots violence will continue to happen.
  • alumnae3 on November 14, 2008 at 1:25 PM
    So she stabbed him bc he called her a roller?

    Very sad.
  • currentblazer on November 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM
    okay, okay, okay. It is severely unfortunate that these to acts of violence that were associated with Blair happened so close to eachother but Blair IS NOT unsafe. This bad publicity is making it seem so, but really Blair's had some bad luck recently. For the largest school in the county there have been few incidents that call for serious alarm in a long time. its a shame that this is "tarnishing" blair's rep.
  • Senior09 (View Email) on November 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    Why is there so much violence going on?
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