Assault Investigation Underway After ‘Troubling Incident’ at McDonogh Upper School

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The Allan Building on the McDonogh School campus. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore County police and McDonogh School administrators are looking into an alleged assault at the Owings Mills institution’s Upper School.

Headmaster Charles Britton wrote to parents Friday that he had learned last week of a “very troubling situation involving several Upper School students that is profoundly disappointing and unacceptable.”

In a follow-up letter sent out Monday morning, Britton wrote, “I know there is speculation in the school community and that you may have questions. I cannot provide specific details due to matters of confidentiality and because the situation is under investigation by authorities, but I want to assure you that there is no indication that this matter involved anyone other than a handful of Upper School boys in the boys’ dormitory.”

Britton repeated his words from last week: that school officials called county police about the incident involving the boys, and have conducted their own “thorough internal investigation, and took appropriate disciplinary actions.”

Asked about the nature of the investigation Monday morning, school spokeswoman Nina Sinnott shared a copy of Britton’s newest letter.

Baltimore County police spokesman Corp. Shawn Vinson confirmed the department is pursuing “an active investigation of allegations of assault between students at McDonogh,” but said he couldn’t divulge any details.

“We’re looking into everything,” he said.

A source familiar with the incident told Baltimore Fishbowl, “I would say that this is pretty serious…it’s a nightmare for every parent.”

Britton reminded parents on Monday that school guidance counselors are there to support any students affected by the case, and to help them with “processing the information and rumors [they] are hearing.”

This story has been updated.

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  1. An isolated incident in a dormitory? I’m sure that’s blessed little consolation for the victim. Where was the supervision? And were the alleged perpetrators expelled? Or were they allowed to “quietly withdraw” and enroll in some other unsuspecting school? In PA maybe?

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