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Police: Franklin High Student Tries to Rob Teacher in Cafeteria

A Franklin High student attempted to rob a 58-year-old instructional assistant of money and jewelry, police said.

A 19-year-old student will be charged in an attempted robbery of a school employee that occurred during school hours on Tuesday, April 24, police said.

The student grabbed a 58-year-old female instructional assistant by the collar and pushed her against a wall in the school’s cafeteria at 11 a.m., said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the .

She demanded money and attempted to remove one of the woman's bracelets, but did not get any money or the bracelet, he said.

Charges will be filed in the incident, Doarnberger said.

Franklin High Principal Patrick McCusker said this is an isolated incident.

"We are dealing with [the student] appropriately following the Baltimore County Public Schools student handbook," he said. "...[It's] a one-time incident. As soon as we found out about it, we responded immediately."

ReisterstownMAN May 02, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Yeah what are you saying here? "I remember Cocah Burgos tackling a girl because she trying to stab someone.... Isolated meaning twice a year"
ReisterstownMAN May 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM
When I went to FHS years ago. We did not attack our teachers. Yes, we did have our occasional fighting out by the bagel eatery parking lot. But we never attacked our teachers or try to rob them. J Huff I totally understand you. I am sure this is a person who was not brought up with manners or respect for elders, especially teachers who are there for the students.
M May 02, 2012 at 12:08 PM
This is the action of someone who recognizes that there are few rules and limited consequences for whatever they choose to do at our expense. I hope the school's Procedural manual includes this simple remedy: "Expel. Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go and do not collect High School Certificate. Upon release, go to work at McDonald's."
Ashley Banks May 02, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Are you not one of the kids this happened too........you have no say. You contributed to most of the destruction of Franklin.
Ashley Banks May 02, 2012 at 12:24 PM
TELL EM!!!! You are completely right
BlahDittyBlah May 02, 2012 at 01:11 PM
You can't always blame the parents either. Even when you are raised right, it is still up to you to make the right choices.
Buck Harmon May 02, 2012 at 01:53 PM
No one got hurt...nothing was stolen...best outcome for an unfortunate situation...chalk it up..
DJ Groove May 02, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Is it safe to assume the robber-wannabe is black? Otherwise (I think) it'd be mentioned in the first paragraph and by now be all over the news.....
CP May 02, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Exactly why I am moving to get away from the social engineering that has ruined once great schools.
Brittany Stephens May 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
this is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous .. ever since i graduated in 02 i feel like the dynamic of reisterstown has gone down the drain .. dont get me wrong i still frequent the area and am actually looking for a house but WHY IS THE STUDENT 19 AND STILL IN SCHOOL .. i think that this is beyond an expellable offense .. damn the handbook .. that crosses the line .. we never attacked the teachers .. we fought each other across the street .. the worst it got was the " bomb threat " and the noose hanging .. this is just sad ..
Brittany Stephens May 02, 2012 at 05:01 PM
does race REALLY matter ..
Ted Nugent May 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Absolutely not
Marc Shapiro (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
DJ, let me explain as the editor of Reisterstown Patch. The race was mentioned in the police report, but we didn't include it. News media outlets often don't release the race of a suspect in a description from police unless there are other descriptors that can distinguish the person like facial hair, weight tattoos, etc. In this case, since police know who the student is, there's no point in mentioning race since there's no police search needed. Does that make sense?
Patricia Q May 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I feel so sad for the way the area has gone down hill. Yes I grew up there and graduated in 1976 from Franklin. All areas change over the years...unfortunately that area has changed for the worst. It has become run down in alot of the communities, and does not have the beauty it once had. The lack of respect for your surroundings and the people are quite obvious. So glad I moved away.
Heather Lloyd May 02, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I am an alumnus and a sub there now. I have never once been unnerved. I often tell people that my two greatest sources of pride for my high school are the diversity and the opportunity afforded students. No one who graduates Franklin will ever be shocked by the world, discovering not everyone is the same - Franklin mirrors the country. Some of the wealthiest neighborhoods and Section-8 housing, representation of every major religion. That is an incredible social advantage. And with that, we mirror what is wrong with the country along with what is right. The bad with the good. And the opportunity: Fill out a single form in guidance and be considered for dozens of scholarships. Enjoy electives like forensics, zoology and broadcast news-style announcements. These are gifts that are not given as part of every education everywhere. Every person can contribute to the climate of our school and town. Dont hate on what you can change by your own positive example. Be less concerned about rumor, and more concerned about all the small, daily ways we can uplift each other. It is a lousy world, and high school is the last free haven we have to offer many of these kids before the evils and injustices set in without pause over them just being "children." My students drive me crazy, sometimes their apathy and passionlessness scares me. But I learn from the good and bad ones ... all of them every day.
AJ May 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I concur.
AJ May 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
You're 100% right. This area is awful now. Full of punks and trash.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Thanks so much Heather. That really helps put this into perspective.
Rick Esterson May 02, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Excellent coverage Marc ... as usual!
Skipdallas May 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
English isn't your first language is it?
K L May 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
What was going through this girl's mind? Did she really think she was going to get away with it? When will all of these robberies and burglaries in our precinct stop!
Obbop May 03, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I fear the actions of that student will spread throughout the student body and an epidemic of muggings will envelope the school then the surrounding neighborhoods and onwards until the entire town is enveloped in a massive crime wave that will require the intervention of UN military forces to bring a semblance of peace back to the area.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Thanks Rick!
Jean Lillquist May 03, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Marc, you've done it again! Way to get the conversation going, although this time simply through objective reporting. Heather, I couldn't have said it better (or even nearly as well). I think considering our insane society, Franklin's still a pretty good place to get an education as well as an opportunity to practice living in an increasingly diverse population.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
We have verified that somebody was posting on this thread under another person's name. Those comments have been removed.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
This made me laugh and smile. Thank you for helping me in the beginning of the journey that led me here.
Jean Lillquist May 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thanks. The pleasure was all mine (most of the time). But the memories are worth it. You're doin good and I'm prouda ya!
Alyssa Woods May 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Excellent Post.
Alyssa Woods May 03, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It's sad that an isolated incident like this causes people to say negative things...unfortunately I think its human nature. I have lived in Reisterstown pretty much my whole life. My husband and I went to Franklin in the late 70's and our son attended in mid 2000. I worked with a WONDERFUL, DIVERSE community on many fundraising projects from 96-2007 through the Rec Council and the FHS Athletic Boosters! GREAT kids, administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and alumni whom without, many things would not have been accomplished in this area. FRANKLIN WAS and STILL IS one of the VERY BEST venues in the county. Students and families are VERY lucky to have the new Principal. Hopefully with his influence and experience and the backing and support of his staff, parents, students and alum -Franklin can continue to move in a positive direction. Honestly I read stories that take place in Carroll County, Howard County, Hartford County etc... the grass is NOT always greener..IMHO anyway....
Ken C May 06, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Wow that was low. D-bag.

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