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School Says Intruder in Long Reach Viral Fight Video

The video shows a man being knocked out by a student.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. to include Board of Education candidate statement.

The video is 27 seconds long. In a quick shot at the beginning, a young man wearing khakis and a collared shirt punches another man in the face and knocks him to the ground.

Students scramble and scream as the man, wearing a ski mask, falls and lies motionless. The description of the video, posted on worldstarhiphop.com, is: “Girl send’s [sic] father to fight a boy for throwing a French fry… But gets knocked out by a 17-year-old!”

The video was filmed at Long Reach High School, according to school officials.

The video was posted on March 21 and has been viewed over 512,000 times as of noon on Thursday. “Long Reach” was trending on Twitter in the Baltimore region last night.

Patti Caplan, a spokesperson for Howard County Schools, said an adult, a non-student, came on campus at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday wearing a ski mask. She said the man confronted one of the Long Reach students, threw a punch at him and missed. The student, a junior who is on the football team, then swung back and landed a knockout blow.

“The individual that was hit was unconscious,” said Caplan, “[He] did gain consciousness but refused help and walked off campus.”

Caplan said the man wasn’t arrested and the student wasn’t disciplined because it was determined he acted in self-defense. She said the incident is under investigation by the school resource officer and officials haven’t determined if the man was, in fact, a student’s father.

Howard County Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said two people are being investigated in relation to the incident.

"At this point, the school resource officer has charged the female juvenile involved with the assault." said Llewellyn, "She's 15 and from Columbia. We anticipate charges from the male adult who was involved. He will likely be charged with assault as well as disorderly conduct."

Llewellyn did not elaborate on how the female was involved with the assault. She said the man was from Baltimore, but did not release his name or relation to the female. Police placed additional officers on duty for dismissal time at the school and at the village center on Thursday afternoon, according to Llewellyn.

Principal David P. Burton sent out an email notifying parents and the community about the incident on Thursday afternoon.

“We are aware that the incident was taped and that the video has gone viral on the Internet," he wrote. "As always, precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of all students and staff.”

Stefani Rodriguez, a parent of a Long Reach student, said fights and bullying are common at Long Reach.

“My daughter said this kind of thing happens all the time at the school,” said Rodriguez. “It’s unfortunate that it has escalated to this. Someone is going to get hurt at this school.”

Rodriguez said her daughter has been bullied frequently by students at Long Reach and that the school has pushed problems like fights and bullying “under the rug.”

“It’s just relentless,” said Rodriguez. “When I have a child that begs me not to go to school because it’s upsetting her and she doesn’t feel safe then there’s a real problem.”

Caplan said that bullying and fights are problems at all Howard County schools, but that there are programs and policies in place to address them.

“I have no evidence that [fights and bullying] are any more prevalent at Long Reach High,” said Caplan.

Board of Education candidate Corey Andrews, who is also a senior at Howard High School, addressed the incident in a press release on Thursday evening.

"We are concerned with the way it was handled and the events following the incident," wrote Andrews." This incident has caused other complaints of violence, bullying, harassment and disrespect at Long Reach High School to arise. We propose that the Board of Education take action to immediately commission a task force to investigate this incident and other negative behavior at Long Reach High School." 

Caplan said there was an incident involving French fries being thrown in the cafeteria either earlier that day or earlier in the week that may have been related to the fight. She said there was some antagonism between a football player and a girl before the incident occurred.

stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Regrettably there periodically have been heroin overdoses at RH and other HS on the western side of Rt 29. Students and recent grads of those schools market, use and suffer from heroin and related opiates in too frequent cycles. Most incidents do not result in arrests, and are dealt with by medical and psychiatric professionals. This is a chronic issue that has existed for years, and clearly causes families involved some embarrasment.
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 06:50 PM
In general, the places you name are not "stupid". But I understand your frustration. Many remarks arise in this particular discussion that don't reflect the general intelligence, education level and expected knowledge of human behavior that Howard County residents should display. Yes: "Let's move on."
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Sound remarks Kayla. I've lived in Columbia for 30 yrs. You are proof we did something right! Certainly students, teachers and administrators need to isolate and educate the few disruptive students who exist in each HC HS and MS. We always can do better. However I dont think anyone here has noted that most urban and suburban school systems would embrace the environment, grades and success of the students at LRHS and indeed envy it. You know, the "grass is always greener". And no, that's NOT a drug reference for you cynics out there. Thanks again Kayla for your wisdom. Good luck with your plans!
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Well, since this sort of thing is far more common in Montgomery Cty, Baltimore County and Westchester County(NY suburbs) than in HoCo or even at Oakland Mills/LRHS etc, perhaps no place where most students go to public schools should be one of the "top" places to live. Of course, that's if you take magazine ratings and their standards seriously.I'll stick to where capital investment occurs in hard times-investors seem to think Howard is doing just fine, and extensive investment in housing and in commercial property has occured within the past ten years within two miles or less of the putatively downscale(by your measure) LRHS.
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Quick quiz: what's the average Math and English HSA score in MD? What are the scores at LRHS? Too tough? Try this: what's the average income in MD for a family? What's the average income in the area served by LRHS? Maybe the librarians at Central Library can help you with this simple research if your "select" school didn't prepare you for real world skepticism and analysis?
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Well, Mr Rhodes, I'm sure the various candidates are quite capable of responding to your scattershot charges, but ponder but one point your outburst raised: It's true many private schools charge more than ten grand a year, though there are some that dont and if MD did what many other states did, no doubt we could have interesting, diverse and multi-modal charter schools to spur all our current one size fits all(including our west of 29 schools) to do a bit better than the fairly mediocre SAT scores their students earn and the fairly low attendance at competitive four yr colleges that allegedly terrific high school students from the "better" HS secure. We spend more than ten grand a yr in Howard, and so do jurisdicitions like PG and Mtgmy. B City spends enough to send its kids to pretty nice charters, privates and homeschool programs too! So be careful where you step. If the Nochhild, Race to the Top and other fads dont' produce grads with world class skills in just a few yrs who can compete with Europ, Asian and even middle class Latin American academic HS grads, then we may indeed have to consider turning our public schools after grade 6 or 7 into career based apprentice programs. Students with abstract reasoning high skills simply can be given the 10-15 grand per year taxpayers supply. New quality private schools will spring up to supplement what Catholic and top schools like Glenelg, Mcdonough and others now do.
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Let me condense your tirade against Mr Dyer into a few words: "Many folks have problems with Mr Dyer's style. There is an election in April and November. At that time, anyone bothered by Mr Dyer's exercise of what he thinks is appropriate behavior and speech for a BOE member can vote to fire him. Or not fire him." Isn't that better?
stephen feldman March 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
AJ, to repeat my observations earlier to other LRHS grad or student comments, you all are quite articulate, and certainly have more credibility than the few hysterical uninformed critics of the school. Improvements are need for student behavior at LRHS,and the same can be said for every HS in HCPSS. We must require you and other young people, for better or worse, to achieve skills the generations before you did not achieve. In other words, no school in HC should stand still, and what is learnt in 12 th grade in HC HS should be understood yrs earlier in the HC Schools of the near future. It's up to the citizens of HC to find teachers and administrators who can literally re-create all the HC schools, because none of them, while satisfactory for the past, will be satisfactory for the future if they remain as is. Any of the schools. Not just LRHS.
Jack March 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
"LRHS would not have the grad rate, HSA success, and college attendance it did if it were pure chaos" I have no personal knowledge of LRHS, my children attend Glenelg. So what business do I have here? The issues in Longreach, Glenelg and every other school are the same. The state assessments are some of the easiest in the country and the hcpss teaches to the test. 90% of all howard county children will go to college where half of them will need substantial remedial education. The majority of all hcpss graduates will drop out of college and have no vocational or technical training to fall back on. Most of our children will never be able to afford to live in Howard county. Yes our schools are segregated and wealth makes a difference regardless of our race. The most important aspect of a childs life is family. Family is the real game changer. All of our schools have problems and the administration of the hcpss does everything it can to hide them. Our current BOE allows this to happen. Next week the BOE will hire a new superintendent to lead our schools. No one asked any of us what is right or wrong in our schools. HCPSS left all of us out of the process. If our schools really cared about our children we would adopt a student bill of rights and allow our young adults to have both pride in ownership and control of their future.
Jack March 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Fact, the hcpss has no public discussion forum. Really, how hard would it be to post each issueand all the related research on a website where the public was allowed to comment, debate, offer alternatives as well as support? Immagine tapping the intelectual wealth of the community as a resource for the hcpss and BOE to use in building a truly world class education system for our children. Imagine the posibilities inclusion offer. Howardpubliced attempts to engage this void. Members pushed for improvements in Cradlerock and Resevoir. Members are fighting for the children in the east where we need 6 to 10 schools in the next decade to address overcrowding. Members spoke publicly of disparities in our schools and demand improvement. Dyer, Howardpubliced and its many members openly discuss educational issues as well as work and fight for the children of Howard county. We have an impact. We seek to broaden the participation of the public and improve the lives of our children.
a22425 March 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Vincent, please get whatever help you can. Don't waste your time with any adult that will not help you. Keep asking for help until you get it. There are callous adults out there, but there are also those who would be sick to hear what is happening to you and who will go out of their way to help. You do NOT deserve what they are doing to you, and you shouldn't have to deal with it alone.
Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Mr. Feldman, I'd love to know how many classes you've taught. To sit here and bash the teachers and administrators is ignorant and incongruous at best. "None of them" will be satisfactory for the future? How inane. Those teachers work and work and work, only to have people like you bring them down. It seems these days that the only people who truly appreciate them are the students. Howard County has some of the best schools in the nation. Do you honestly believe that this is in no part because of the teachers and administrators? If so, you are sorely mistaken. If people like you who clearly have no clue would be so kind as to stop intervening, the education system would be running a lot more smoothly than it already is! Unbelievable that the people making decisions are the people who haven't stepped foot in a classroom in years. I'd love to see how well you would fare in a classroom.
Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Sources for these statistics?
Jack March 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-grasmick-20120313,0,5199284.story Grasmick to overhaul teacher training at Towson University "Schools of education across the country are coming under fire for not adequately preparing graduates and are being pressed to give students a better grounding in what they will face when they begin teaching. Recent education reforms have focused on improving teacher quality, including how teachers are prepared, evaluated and supported in their earlier years." Personally, I believe they hired part of the problem. Well at least they admit there is one.
Jack March 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Anonymous, Seriously, you really want transparent sources but chose to be nameless? 90% graduate is proudly touted at both the Howard county and hcpss website. The reality 50% need remedial education and the phenomenal dropout rate can be found at every college website in the country. Absolutely nothing can be found on the hcpss website to indicate anything beyond the illusion our schools are great but then they do not boast our graduates continue these numbers in college either. Look close to home at HCC which recieves the lions share of hcpss graduates and the HCC graduation rate is only 12%. If you want to know exactly how well hcpss graduates do in college and present unbiased straight facts to the citizens of Howard county then you and I can go publicly to the hcpss and demand they provide accountability for their claims for success. You should also look at atate assessments, ours are some of the easiest in the country which means a passing grade here is unacceptable in many states.
Want safer schools March 25, 2012 at 01:14 AM
You think Long Reach doesn't have fights? Check out this video uploaded to You Tube. It shows a bunch of kids loitering outside the school, cursing at each other, one boy leaves upset to avoid a fight. TheSplashMovement is responsible for this video, and he has alot more on his You Tube page. Long Reach is a ghetto- he says it, and he is proud of it. Take note of the language these children use. DISGUSTING!!! Where are the teachers? Where are the Resource Officers?? Where is the principal that wants to keep the school safe for the kids? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=sSM4LnAxxQk&NR=1
Want safer schools March 25, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Here is another one. This takes place IN A CLASSROOM at Long Reach, in front of the teacher. She does nothing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=NYmRUx9-0YU
Want safer schools March 25, 2012 at 01:21 AM
A student actually SPITS on the school in this one. Yeah- the principal should be proud. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_qkYjfLufg
Want safer schools March 25, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Andrew Jean Pierre and BT- take a look a the videos I posted at the end. There are plenty more where those came from. Fights DO occur at Long Reach, you can see the proof. Stop bashing someone who states facts about how she is bullied. My guess is that you two are two of the bullies yourself.
A distressed student March 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I am a 4.0 student athlete who has taken 9 Advanced Placement courses throughout high school. It's upsetting to see so many people talking poorly about the school on this thread. While I have seen a couple incidents (not nearly as many as some may have you believe) over the years, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Most of the teachers there have been outstanding and I would not have been accepted to 5 reputable universities without them. Long Reach is a microcosm of the world. There are also great people whose achievements are overshadowed by negative things like this. Have you heard of our involvement in the food for tomorrow drive for the Howard food bank? How about our Invisible Children club that was started months before IC was brought into the spotlight? Heard about our musical, Legally Blonde, in which 101 students participated and is one of the school's best shows in recent memory? Those are just a few. To have worked so hard and to be judged and labeled for the school I go to is preposterous. It's not right for the people who claim to care so much about the students to make us feel terrible. The kids in my classes have seen these comments. We're livid. And I feel as if I have a little chip on my shoulder now. I'll want to come back and make Long Reach proud to have me as an alumnus like it's made me proud to be a graduate. I'll remember that Long Reach was there for me when the rest of Howard County wasn't. Hopefully the immaturity on this board begins to wane soon.
Jack March 25, 2012 at 04:25 AM
You do realize it is this moment in time which defines LRHS, both this incident , your accomplishments and everything else. Not a single event but everything combined. LRHS is part of the community, people with no children pay tax which is used to educate our youth to improve society for everyone. The system is being judged here, not our children. Our children can do far greater things then we ever dreamed if we provide the opportunity and allow them.
Jack March 25, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Anonymous I already posted this but it may help. BTW my posts are about all Howard county schools not LRHS I pulled this from Howardpubliced to give readers a place to start understanding what goes on in our math class Call Bill Barnes, coordinator of secondary mathematics at HCPSS. I first heard the statistic from him in a presentation on the Race to the Top initiative on Sept 21, 2010. He said that 25% of all HCPSS graduates (almost 1000 students) enter Howard Community College. Of those, over half are required to take remedial math. This is not just a problem in Howard County, but for all of Maryland. Read "More Remedial Math" by Jerome Dancis, a professor at the University of Maryland at College Park: http://www.facultyvoice.umd.edu/All%20past%20issues/2009-2010/FV_V23_N3.pdf. He points out that only 1/3 of MD high school graduates have enough math to enroll in STEM courses in college. The cause of the problem appears to be changes in the curriculum of Algebra 1 when the HSA tests were introduced. Read: http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/story/2639. The curriculum switched from the traditional Algebra 1 (factoring polynomials, exponents, radicals) to data analysis which is not the basis for the upper level math courses or the sciences. It appears the UMBC's president (Freeman Hrabowski) also agrees: http://www-users.math.umd.edu/~jnd/On.MD.MAA%20.htm
A distressed student March 25, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I know you mean well, Jack, but it's a little hard to constantly hear that you'll never be as talented or smart as someone who goes to, say River Hill, the pride and joy of HC. My point is that there are decent people anywhere. Maybe you realize it, but a lot of people don't. Just the other night I was heckled twice for wearing an LRHS shirt. It's not like I went home and cried about it, but it's just annoying. Some people seem to have a serious superiority complex. It's never going to change though, people will always see Long Reach as a "ghetto." It's a real shame too since we have so many bright young minds.
stephen feldman March 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Yes, we dont know, unfortuantely, how our HCPSS grads do in the long-run, from college or comm college, to career. One would think, after forty yrs of the modern columbia-influenced HCPSS system and its expanded network of HS, that such data would exist and indeed be annually upgraded to measure curricular goals with customer(ie, students, parents, taxpayers) satisfaction and goals. The issue isn't, as I made quite clear, the success, relative to other school systems, of HCPSS in the past. The issue is the near and long-term future. To remain with the status quo in an international education market, where US school systems lag behind US competitors in STEM, prior historical and business knowledge,and higher level cognitive reasoning, is dangerous for the students' futures, for the nation as a whole and of course for the future of Howard County. Defensiveness based on past accomplishment will not substitute for the need to remake standards, retool educational tech in HoCo which is seriously out of date, and challenge our students far more than they now or have been challenged. The long-term strategic issue isn't how LRHS measures up against RHHS or MRHS. It's how any of them measure up against the top schools elsewhere, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Beijing to Mumbai.
Person March 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Please, if your friend is in danger of suicide, please talk to your parents and other teachers/administrators. Just because the first people you talked to weren't helpful doesn't mean none of them are. You're a good friend for mentioning this; talking to some other adults can help your friend get help. Although it might seem like a good idea to help the child yourself, it's safest for everyone involved to get help. If you need any advice, you can call 1-800-784-2433 (toll-free suicide crisis line), 911, or any of the numbers listed here: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/maryland-suicide-hotlines.html Again, you're a great friend for mentioning this. Best of luck! :)
J Fake March 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
When the young adult heads off to college a magical transformation takes place for most of then very quickly - they turn 18. When an 18 year old walks up and bullies you or hits you in a public place the police take them to jail. When a sub 18 year old student bullies or hits another sub 18 year old student there is verry little in the way of law involved, rather everything is left up to the school administration to act as law enforement and give judgement and often this is done with little consistency. Obviously in this example things are a bit different, an adult trersspassing and trying to assault a student will be handled by law enforecement.
Bri April 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I am a Alumni of the school. My 20 year old sister is as well and now my 14 year old brother is attending as a freshman this year. My mother constantly volunteers at the school and has never once felt like Long Reach was a school that is passing over the issues of its students. I was a victim of someone who thought they could push me around when I went to school everyday . Thankfully My guidance counselor (the now deceased Mr. Morris , god rest his soul) was very effective in shutting that person down. As were my teachers and other school officials. It was the great support from Long reach staff that helped me get the great high school experience that I reflect on today. This incident was isolated to one ignorant asshole who thought, at 30 years old, he should come beat up kids because they threw a French fry at his FAST TAIL STEP DAUGHTER. That is all.
newlrhsparent April 03, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I am a parent of a 9th grader. So far I have been very impressed with all of her LRHS teachers as well as the administrative staff. We reported two incidents - one of students acting out in class and one concerning bullying. The LHRS staff acted immediately and asked whether I would like to hear about the outcome. You cannot expect the teachers and staff to immediately respond to the misbehavior. This is a parenting problem-probably little to no structure, support, or discipline at the homes of these kids who cause trouble. By the way I heard from a Howard County teacher that the teachers at River Hill hate teaching there because of the obnoxious parents who want to know why little Suzie or Johnny did not get an A for their C level work. Also lot of these rich kids are into drugs and like to flaunt their wealth.
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A distressed student, This last message has haunted me. I have given a lot of thought to what you are saying my whole life.
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