Staff member punched in locker in melee at Charles County school, sheriff says

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Students threw desks and chairs and a staff member was pushed into a locker during a melee that broke out Tuesday at a school in Charles County, Maryland, authorities said.

At least two people were injured in the violence at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf that began Tuesday afternoon when a student threw a book that hit another student in the head, the county sheriff’s office said.

The staff member who was knocked into a locker was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said. The student affected by the book was taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to the office.

Neither suffered injuries that appeared to be life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said.

After the student was hit by the book, according to the sheriff’s office, a group of students arrived “to confront the person who threw it” and an argument ensued.

As things unfolded, “desks and chairs were thrown around the classroom” and were also thrown at students trying to get out of the room, the sheriff’s office said.

School resource officers and school staff members intervened and broke up the fight, according to the sheriff’s office.

The matter is under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

There are approximately 1,200 students enrolled at the Thomas Stone Campus on Leonardtown Road in Waldorf.

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