County Police Investigate Teen Scuffle Near Quince Orchard High School

One student was hospitalized after collapsing during the fight, authorities say


Quince Orchard High School


A Quince Orchard High School student ended up in the hospital this week after collapsing during a fight at a neighborhood basketball court, according to authorities.

The Monday morning fight happened off-campus at a nearby residential complex, but did involve several students from the Gaithersburg high school, Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said Thursday.

The school’s principal, Carole Working, on Monday sent families a letter reporting that Quince Orchard had gotten a phone call at about 7:45 a.m. from a community member who reported there had been an incident near the school. A staff member searched the area and didn’t see anything, but received a phone call about 10 minutes later from a student who said another student had been hurt at a nearby basketball court.

After telling the caller to contact authorities, the staff member headed to the court, where paramedics were already aiding the student who had collapsed. The student was taken to a hospital, according to Working’s letter.

Onijala on Thursday said the student was still in the hospital. She and Officer Rick Goodale, spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department, said it was unclear whether the student collapsed because he was injured during the scuffle or for reasons unrelated to the fight.

“That’s one of the things we are investigating,” Goodale said.

Goodale also said authorities don’t yet know what started the fight or how many teens were involved. No other injuries were reported, he said.

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