Eight persons have been arrested and several others injured in a fight at Einstein High School in Kensington that involved as many as 60 students from the school and a few from a Hyattsville school, according to Montgomery County police and school officials.
The fight on Thursday was quickly handled by police and none of the injuries was serious, according to Montgomery police spokesman Phillip Caswell and Einstein's assistant principal, Joseph Reiff. Reiff said disciplinary action was being taken against six Einstein students involved in the lunchtime melee.
While some students reported seeing several weapons, including guns and knives, Caswell said the only weapons recovered were brass knuckles, large sticks and several nunchaku -- two sticks of wood connected by a chain.
Two Montgomery County police officers were on duty in front of the school yesterday afternoon. Although police said they did not expect any more trouble, students who were involved in the incident had another story.
"There's been a lot of tension, and word around the halls was that it was supposed to be another fight" Friday, said Robert Jackson, 16, as students left school for the weekend. Randy Fuller, a sophomore at Einstein, said, "This is not the end of it. We suspect there definitely will be another fight, probably Monday."
According to police, Thursday's incident involved students from Einstein and Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. Police and students said the fight was a result of a visit made by a Northwestern student to Einstein on Tuesday.
Apparently the Northwestern student went to visit his girlfriend, who attends Einstein. Police and students said the youth was assaulted by Einstein students and then "returned with his friends [on Thursday] looking for trouble," according to Jackson.
Police said that when they arrived at Einstein about 12:45 p.m. as many as 100 students were there, either involved in the fight or in the area watching it. Police had the situation under control in about 15 minutes, they said. Most of those injured were treated at the scene.
Maurico Gavez, 18, of Hyattsville, and seven juveniles were arrested, according to Montgomery police spokesman Caswell. Gavez was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school property, assault and battery and disorderly conduct. He was released on bond.
The juveniles, who ranged in age from 15 to 17, were charged with offenses including assault and battery and disorderly conduct. They were all released in the custody of their parents, Caswell said.
Einstein's assistant principal Reiff said that although he estimates that six of his students were involved in the fight, none of those arrested attend the school. He said that six from Einstein are being disciplined.
"We talked to some of the parents and students today, and we will be meeting with some of the other parents on Monday," Reiff said. He would not give details on the disciplinary measures being taken.