ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The posting on Instagram, a social network photo-sharing site, turned into instant violence as the students came face-to-face Monday morning before classes started at Annapolis High School.
"Before school this morning, students generally congregate in the cafeteria. Three to four girls began to fight," said Bob Mosier of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, "That fight eventually involved seven people. There were about a hundred students in the cafeteria though so as a precaution, the school resource officer called for additional officers to respond to the school."
Officers from Anne Arundel County and Annapolis converged on the school where one student had apparently thrown a chair as the fight escalated, but they quickly got things under control.
"One student suffered a bloody nose and did not require transportation to the hospital,” said Mosier, “Police have charged seven students, as I mentioned, in connection with this. The school continues to investigate and will take appropriate action against any students it finds to have been involved." :14
Police remained at the high school in numbers throughout the day, and school administrators are now left wondering how to better head off such violence when it starts in the cyber arena and carries over to the campus.
"It's an impossible task for schools or school systems to monitor every piece of social media and unfortunately things that start like this in the community sometimes spill over when kids are crossing each other's paths in a school setting."
Two 18-year olds, Lakyra Reid and Tamira Smith, are being charged as adults with disorderly conduct.
Reid also faces counts of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest while others face juvenile charges including a 15-year old girl who also is charged with assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly throwing the chair.
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