Incidents at Perry Hall High School raise safety questions

A Baltimore County councilman is calling for more law enforcement after a series of student fights at Perry Hall High School, including one that injured a police officer. Two 18-year-old students involved in a fight on Thursday are formally charged with second-degree assault and disrupting school activities. Now there are calls for the school system to increase safety. I’m angry, I’m frustrated. I share the concerns of so many parents,” Marks said. I love to see staff for an additional School Resource Officer and would definitely like to see Baltimore County Public Schools engage parents a bit more,” Marks said. Baltimore County School Board President Julie Henn shared similar concerns. In a statement obtained by 11 News, Henn said she “will ask our Policy Review Committee to prioritize a comprehensive review of our student behavior policies. What’s in place isn’t working. We can do better. We have to do better.” The school administration said it is committed to keeping the campus safe for students and staff. In a comment Thursday unrelated to the Perry Hall incident, BCPS Superintendent Darryl Williams praised school resource officers for building strong relationships with students. He said he has also pledged to spend more money on counselors and social workers.

A Baltimore County councilman is calling for more law enforcement after a series of student fights at Perry Hall High School, including one that injured a police officer.

Two 18-year-old students involved in a fight on Thursday are formally charged with second-degree assault and disrupting school activities. Now there are calls for the school system to increase safety.

WBAL-TV 11 News obtained an exclusive video of two fights at Perry Hall High School this week that caught the attention of a concerned alumnus and County Councilman David Marks.

“I’m very angry, I’m frustrated. I share the concerns of so many parents,” Marks said.

Marks said he was determined to see immediate changes at the school as he called for a greater police presence at the county’s largest high school.

“I would like to see staffing for an additional school resource officer and I would like to see, certainly, the Baltimore County Public Schools engage parents a little more,” Marks said.

Baltimore County School Board President Julie Henn shared similar concerns. In a statement obtained by 11 News, Henn said she “will ask our Policy Review Committee to prioritize a comprehensive review of our student behavior policies. What’s in place isn’t working. We can do better. We have to do better.”

The school administration said it is committed to keeping campus safe for students and staff.

In a comment Thursday unrelated to the Perry Hall incident, BCPS Superintendent Darryl Williams praised school resource officers for building strong relationships with students. He said he has also pledged to spend more money on counselors and social workers.

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