Two students were beaten with a BB gun at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, and a third student was arrested and charged in the attack, Montgomery County police said yesterday.
The assault occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Monday in a hallway of the school on Newport Mill Road, police said.
The male students who were attacked, ages 16 and 17, were treated for minor injuries, police said. One reportedly received stitches for facial lacerations.
School staff members broke up the attack and seized the alleged assailant, holding him until officers arrived, according to police.
Police said Jose H. Carrillo, 19, of the 2400 block of Lyttonsville Road in Silver Spring, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and a weapon violation.
Leaders of the school's parent teacher student association said last night that they were satisfied that the incident was dealt with properly.
"I think it was handled very well from what I understand," said Betsy Devlin-Foltz, president of the association. The association's vice president, Cheryl Silver, said she has three children at the school.
"I think they all feel very safe there," she said.
The PTSA officers said Principal James Fernandez informed parents on an Internet bulletin board. The school's operations continued without further disruption, they said.
According to police, the students who were attacked were on their way to class when the pistol fell from the alleged assailant's waistband. He picked it up, pointed it at one student and threatened to shoot, police said. Police said that the BB gun was not fired and that the 16-year-old and 17-year-old were pistol-whipped.