UPDATED: Police Filing Charges in Long Reach Fight

The video showing a man being knocked out by a student has since gone viral.

The video is 27 seconds long. In a quick shot at the beginning, a young man wearing khakis and a collared shirt punches a man wearing a ski mask in the face and knocks him to the ground.

Students scramble and scream as the man falls and lies motionless.

The video was filmed at , according to school officials.

It was posted on March 21 to worldstarhiphop.com with the description: “Girl send’s [sic] father to fight a boy for throwing a French fry… But gets knocked out by a 17-year-old!” 

As of 1:50 p.m. on March 22, it has been viewed more than 540,000 times. “Long Reach” was trending on Twitter in the Baltimore region last night.

Patti Caplan, spokesperson for the Howard County Public School System, said an adult who was a non-student came on campus at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday wearing a ski mask. She said the man confronted one of the Long Reach students, threw a punch at him and missed. The student, a junior who is on the football team, then swung back and landed a knockout blow.

“The individual that was hit was unconscious,” said Caplan. “[He] did gain consciousness but refused help and walked off campus.”

Caplan said the man wasn’t arrested and the student wasn’t disciplined because it was determined he acted in self-defense. She said the incident is under investigation by the school resource officer and officials haven’t determined if the man was, in fact, a student’s father.

Howard County Police Department spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said two people are being investigated in relation to the incident.

"At this point, the school resource officer has charged the female juvenile with assault," said Llewellyn. "She's 15 and from Columbia. We anticipate filing charges with the male adult who was involved. He will likely be charged with assault as well as disorderly conduct."

Llewellyn did not elaborate on how the female was involved with the assault. She said the man was from Baltimore, but did not release his name or relation to the female.

Police placed additional officers on duty for dismissal time at the school and at the village center on Thursday afternoon, according to Llewellyn.

Principal David P. Burton sent out an email notifying parents and the community about the incident on Thursday afternoon.

“We are aware that the incident was taped and that the video has gone viral on the Internet," he wrote. "As always, precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of all students and staff.”

Stefani Rodriguez, a parent of a Long Reach student, said fights and bullying are common at Long Reach.

“My daughter said this kind of thing happens all the time at the school,” said Rodriguez. “It’s unfortunate that it has escalated to this. Someone is going to get hurt at this school.”

Rodriguez said her daughter has been bullied frequently by students at Long Reach and that the school has pushed problems like fights and bullying “under the rug.”

“It’s just relentless,” said Rodriguez. “When I have a child that begs me not to go to school because it’s upsetting her and she doesn’t feel safe, then there’s a real problem.”

Caplan said that bullying and fights are problems at all Howard County schools, but that there are programs and policies in place to address them.

“I have no evidence that [fights and bullying] are any more prevalent at Long Reach High,” said Caplan. 

Caplan said there was an incident involving French fries being thrown in the cafeteria either earlier that day or earlier in the week that may have been related to the fight. She said there was some antagonism between the football player and the girl before the incident occurred.

This article was updated at 3:28 p.m. on March 22.

sarah March 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The teachers had a hold of that girl and he still kept swinging at her! You dont ever put your hands on a woman. I dont even know why iam commenting on this all its doing is making him feel even better and he should'nt all of them were wrong in someway.
Brandan Barrington March 23, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Smh you know what's crazy? He didn't even hit her
K March 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
There is a HUGE difference in defending yourself and attempting to punch a person. A real man would defend himself, but not active attack and repeatedly attempt to punch a woman.
K March 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Some of you people that have posted on here as current students at LR really need to prepare for your lifelong career in the fast food industry because that is all you will ever be qualified to do. If you are in high school and you can't put together a simple sentence with good grammer and diction, then you are in sad shape. Maybe you should spend more time learning what the teachers are trying to teach you in school and less time idolizing a man that repeatedly tries to punch a woman.
lenny March 24, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Half the things you guys say.happens and lr does.not even happen its very frustratong to see parents this mean to a 17 year old and he didn't even start it he was approched by an adult a grown man blame the man not the boy. And leave the kid alone i went to school.today and he doesnt even talk anymore he doesent even eat with us he eats by himself somewere because u heartless parents who thinm they can say anything on the computer are putting hurtful comments.on.here af.you.think he doesnt read these things he doed.and it hurt. So to conclude this just step off the.kid he doesnt come to school.for this he gets good grade andmight get a scholorship for football.so step off cause non of you.know what happened none ofe u were their. Just forget about if its.over
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) March 24, 2012 at 03:35 AM
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sarah March 24, 2012 at 03:55 AM
i no he didnt hit her but he did swing at her! all the young kids just need to stop commenting, And btw lenny I did go to long reach and my brother goes there now, and i do know the full story of what happed just drop it! get over it
lenny March 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Apparently you dont know the full story cause you were not there and whoever your brothetr is he was not there and you dont know the young man either. And so what if you used to go to lr what does that have to do with now. And u.only know the full story because tp said the most of it. And even that is not all of it and im glade tp just left it at that so no you dont know and whoever your brother is he does not know eithet
shaggy March 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Pornstar thing is true I knew her personally but does that make you a bad person? sure its a shady biz but Im pretty sure at least over 90% of the ppl commenting on this including me has looked up porn....and enjoyed it. I know this has nothing to do the the story at hand but just sayin. and yes there was drug issue when I attened there n graduated from lrhs.
lenny March 25, 2012 at 02:44 PM
First of all adam you dont know what happened so you cant even comment she was not buillied by him it was someone else and this is not a bullying issue its violence the girl and the father a grown ass man tried to fight a kid you dont know the story so why are you comnenting you dont even go to that schol and you dont know the kids name or anything about him . It not even a bulling issue its her calling a grown man which she has done before.
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sarah March 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
lenny- Stop commenting on here, its really getting annoying! This isnt for a bunch of kids to keep going back and forth arguing about stupid stuff. Your obviously a friend of the boys and are going to stick up for him, everyone has an opinion on the issue so just leave it at that. and yes you are right the girl was not bullied by him at all, in this case ALL 3 of them were wrong. Iam not saying he was wrong for defending himself but just for swinging at her. Just stop going back and forth with people because its not going to get you anywhere these people have there own opinions just like you
adam March 25, 2012 at 06:38 PM
There was antagonism between the two. 99% chance he was starting it. I know how all you wanna be bad asses at long reach...
lenny March 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Ok.first of all sarha if im going to stop commenting then you should stop commenting cause dont know what your talking about how woulf you. Know if she was being bullied or not you werent there to even know so no im not going to stop comment untill you stop commenting and saying this kids a thug cause hes not. And adam how would you know what people in long reach are or what they aren't your not there you dony attend the school so what are you talking about? In not going to stop comminting untill you guys stop saying hurtful things about my friend calling him a thug and what not and making fun of my school which makes no sense because non of you attend this school so keep talking about my friend and my school i will be back
Dave A. March 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I thjink that you all have it wrong. The guy that entered the property to attack the student is the bad guy. He didn't belong there in the first place. The female student should have complained about the bullying. That is how it should have been handled. Also, she should not have attempted to hit the male student that was approached by the 'masked man'. The male student should not have attempted to swing at the girl, but being that he was all "pumped up" after the "masked man" attempted to attack him I understand his reaction for self defense. As for the school itself, yes the staff is great to good. The students, well most leave alot to be desired, but there are exceptions. As for the whether the student that hit the "masked man" and whether he belongs at LRHS or not; well I am sure the staff is aware and he his "Legally There", especially sinceit is a magnet school. Ok now can we move on??
lenny March 25, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I agree with you dave only thing i dont agree with is her getting buillied she didnt get buillied if any thing she is a bullie. She bullies people all the time. She even got into a fight with this other girl during 1st quarter. And she fought cause she was bulling the girl but she ended up loseing But other than that yea daves right finally some one who.knows what there talking about. All these other people making long reach and my freind seem thugish when they dont even attend thr school and dont know whats going on
sarah March 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM
i went to longreach so i no what iam talking about its full of a bunch of wanna be thugs that think there hard core when they arent. GOOD BYE STOP COMMENTING! all your doing is repeating yourself now. and its getting old
lenny March 26, 2012 at 01:01 AM
What does you going to lr have to do with now we're talking about now i go to lr now so no you dont know what your talking about and your getting old cause you keep saying you used to go there when im saying who cares i go there now lr is a good school there is no.thugs there you dont know what your talking about you don't attenend the school
kiara March 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Look sarah stop acting like a little girl we are going to stick up for our friend and our school no matter what you say so stop acting like a little white girl boo and grow up obviously if you dont like what lenny is saying even though.its true then just don't comment back. Then he will stop you not messing with lr sweety stop acting like a little columbia girl and grow up just dont comment back to him duu. Sweet ass little girl.
kiara March 26, 2012 at 02:14 AM
And sarha you have posted more things about this school then anybody on this artical so before you star judging people little girl.look at you dont ever come at long reach like that ever.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Please stay on topic. The topic is that there was a fight at Long Reach. Also, please stay away from obscene language and do not threaten other commenters. We want to know what you think but need you to keep it clean. Thanks!
sarah March 26, 2012 at 04:42 AM
pahaha and you wonder why i refer to you guys as thugs, and btw iam not from columbia! iam from elkridge dont get it twisted little one! ;) And yes iam white is that a problem? If i were to call you a "little black girl" It would be the end of the world and thats one of the reasons i cant stand that ghetto school, there racist against white people. and "for real" dont call me boo iam not one of your thug friends
K March 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
If you are going to continue to make your pointless argument, can you at least spell check so the rest of us don't have to decipher the ebonics. I don't see how you even got to high school based on your literacy or lack of.
Pete March 29, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Ms. Janney, you are acting like a referee in a prize fight. The media doing what they do best thriving on topics that are controversial. You can put an end to this, but you choose to sit back and monitor everyone responses. There are a lot positive things going on at Long Reach. Why don't you write about those things. The patch is not the New York Times. All you are doing right now is getting everyone stirred up. Please cease and desist.
sarah March 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Pete- It is her job to watch the comments, and it is her job to write stories about what is going on and at this point things at longreach arent good! Idk where you people are coming from but Long Reach isnt that great! and she isnt stirring up anything!
K March 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The thug you are trying to defend is no saint. He stole a car recently and took a minor child without parental permission. This is kidnapping and is a crime. He will end up in jail soon enough and will learn all to quickly about life as a thug-wanna- be.
vono April 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
K how would you know what that kid did you dont even know him
vono April 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Sarha must of been bullied alot at lr for her to hate the school like this but just because you had a bad time at lr does not mean its a bad school people like that school so really who cares about your opininon. Cause you dont know whats going on in that school as of now so your ignorant. And yes i know what that means and i go to lr. Stop commenting sarah you dont know about the situation thats why lr students are commenting cause they know. You sarah dont know
Justo December 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Ill tell you this because of where I live if your wearing a black mask your trying to do something serious. The kid defended his self and knocked him out. Good shit little man
John Maynard Keynes October 30, 2013 at 04:19 PM
The person is clearly lying, and/or bias. I'm a senior at Long Reach. I have never in my 4 years encountered anything more serious than your average high school fight. Long Reach is an amazing school with great faculty and (to you all calling LR kids dumb) some of the highest test scores in the nation. And to the author: Don't portray Long Reach in a negative light just because we have a "reputation". Maybe try to do some actual journalism before making wild accusations about the school.


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