Wheaton High School Principal Joe Dalton said yesterday he is conducting a full investigation of a fight following a basketball game between his school and visiting Wootton Friday night.
According to school administrators, eight Wootton students were either assaulted or robbed by a group of teen-agers as they left the Wheaton gymnasium at the conclusion of the varsity game.
"I have talked to kids who were in attendance and the Wootton principal and assured him we were doing everything to identify and take steps to punish the offenders," Dalton said. "I hope the Wootton students press charges against the group of kids who attacked them. This is unacceptable behavior and it infuriates me this happened. We have some leads and we plan to take the appropriate action and hopefully make full restitution."
Dalton said several Wheaton students were involved and were the aggressors but there were reports that some of the attackers were outsiders from other schools. According to Dalton, there were no incidents during the junior varsity or varsity games and no Wheaton athletes were involved in the fracas.
"I'm not sure if they were all Wheaton students," Dalton said. "I was at the game and when I went out to the parking lot, there was nothing going on. Whatever happened didn't last very long."
Wootton Principal James Coles said several of the students were beaten and kicked and had articles including leather jackets and money stolen.
"We definitely plan to pursue the matter," Coles said. "I have submitted reports to the police and the school superintendent's office. We have some descriptions and we are going to try to find those persons. We want full restitution."
In another matter, the halftime altercation involving the Bowie and Oxon Hill football teams is still being investigated by the Prince George's County schools superintendent's office.
County Co-Supervisor of Athletics Chuck Brown said yesterday Deputy Schools Superintendent Ed Felegy has met with those involved, but there were still some remaining questions. Brown said Felegy hoped to conclude his findings this week.
The incident occurred during the schools' Maryland Class AA state quarterfinal at Friendly Nov. 17. According to witnesses, the Bowie football team was mistakenly assigned the wrong locker room and when Oxon Hill entered at intermission, a shouting and shoving match ensued between coaches and players. Bowie left and concluded its halftime talk on the field.
Bowie won the game, 9-6.