Two C. Milton Wright High School students face charges in connection with a fight at the school Thursday, and police say an increased police presence at the school that day was a coincidence.
Two 10th-grade students were involved in a fight in the school's hallway Thursday, according to Lt. Carl Brooks, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Brooks described the incident as minor and said both students were charged with second-degree assault.
"Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the students involved," Teri Kranefeld, manager of communication for the school system, wrote in an email to Patch Friday.
Rumors have been flying in the community about the events at the school Thursday. Patch readers posed questions and stated what they've heard through social media and email.
"Rumors spread by the use of student cell phones are complicating and perpetuating the issue," Kranefeld said in her email. "Cell phones are not to be used during the school day."
While there were more deputies at the school Thursday, Brooks explained the added police presence was not a result of violence at the school.
Rather, school resource officers from around the county were meeting at C. Milton Wright Thursday to work on a project, Brooks said.
“They may have assigned another deputy to the school today," Brooks said Friday, adding, “There’s no information we’ve received that there will be any disturbance there today.”
Kranefeld said the school resource officer and the school system's coordinator of safety and security have been at the school to aid the administration.
"Fighting on school property is a serious offense and one that is not taken lightly. School administrators work proactively to avoid conflicts between students," Kranefeld wrote.
"However, the school administration rely on parents as well to partner with them in this effort by discussing with their children the severity and consequences of such behavior in school."