Rising Sun — An ambulance transported a student from Rising Sun High School to Christiana Hospital in Delaware on Monday after a fellow pupil attacked him during school hours, knocking his head against a locker, police reported.
The victim, whom investigators identified only as 15-year-old boy, suffered a cut to the back of his head, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, who described the injury as “non-life-threatening” and reported that the teen was treated and later discharged from the hospital.
Investigators identified the teen’s alleged assailant as a 16-year-old boy who also attends that school.
“Our suspect was the aggressor in a fight,” Holmes said before referring to the victim and adding, “I don’t know if he was punched or pushed, but he fell into a locker and suffered a cut to the back of his head.”
Holmes reported on Tuesday that the case against the teen had been referred to the Cecil County Department of Juvenile Services.
“It’s an assault case. We just have to determine if it’s going to be first-degree assault or second-degree assault,” Holmes said, referring to the possible juvenile court charges that could be filed against the alleged assailant.
The alleged attack took place about noon inside the high school at 100 Tiger Drive, off Route 272, near Calvert, Holmes reported. As of late Tuesday, deputies continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Dispatches over the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services radio system indicated that paramedics could find the injured person in the school gymnasium and that he had suffered a deep head wound.
Holmes did not know what, if any, disciplinary action Cecil County Public Schools took against the alleged assailant.
A statement issued by the central school office stated, “The incident which occurred today at Rising Sun High School is currently under investigation by both school administration and law enforcement. Any situation of this nature is taken very seriously and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken pending the findings of the investigation.”
School officials are precluded from discussing specific disciplinary actions taken against students. In general, however, school principals are able to suspend students for up to 10 days and can refer them to the county superintendent for additional disciplinary action, including expulsion.