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Howard High officials say no weapon was involved in incident

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-03 06:40:14-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md — On Thursday, at Howard High School, a video surfaced of a student being apprehended by a school administrator and a school resource officer.

In the video, you can see the school staffer punch a male student in the head while the resource officer repeatedly warns the student to calm down.

Howard High was on lock down Thursday afternoon.

Additionally, there were rumors a weapon was involved, but the school denied the allegations and insist that the lock down was not implemented as a result of a known or rumored weapon.

“I am aware of the incident today at Howard High School and working alongside staff and Howard County Police to better understand all of the circumstances. Videos, rumors, and conversations have been occurring throughout our community and many people are understandably upset. I urge all community members to allow the internal processes by HCPSS and Howard County Police to be completed. I want to assure all of our families and stakeholders that our student support staff are providing the necessary supports to the students involved as well as students who witnessed the incident," said Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of the Howard County Public School System.

A school official from Howard High School notified parents and staff that additional security would be present for school dismissal Thursday afternoon.

Extra security will be on-hand because WMAR-2 News is hearing that students are planning a demonstration sometime Friday morning.