Updated: Three B-CC High students charged with assault after fights at basketball game Friday

Updated: Three B-CC High students charged with assault after fights at basketball game Friday

They were released to their parents, police say

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Three male students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School were arrested after a basketball game Friday night between two Bethesda high schools, following “several altercations” among students, Montgomery County police say.

In a joint letter, the principals of B-CC and Walter Johnson High said there were altercations on and off campus at B-CC. Earlier in the evening, B-CC hosted Walter Johnson in a boys basketball game.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, confirmed Monday morning that the three who were arrested were juveniles and were charged with assault. They were then released to their parents, he said.

In an email Monday afternoon, Second District Commander Sean Gagen wrote that the three students were boys who attended B-CC.

Shelton Mooney, B-CC’s acting principal, and Jennifer Baker, Walter Johnson’s principal, sent the letter to their respective school communities. It says the fights on Friday appeared to be tied to vandalism at both schools during the week.

The principals wrote that they believe B-CC students spray painted a WJ shed that incoming WJ seniors usually paint as a tradition. In retaliation, WJ students spray painted the brick building and an electronic sign at B-CC, the letter says.

Gagen wrote in the email that none of the arrests were related to the vandalism earlier in the week.

The vandalism resulted in “thousands of dollars of damage,” the principals wrote. Police were called to investigate. The letter did not provide additional information about who was arrested or what the charges were.

“These actions are all completely unacceptable and both schools will work collaboratively to determine the facts and administer appropriate consequences,” the letter says.

Anyone with information was asked to call Montgomery County police at 240-773-6700.

Staff writer Dan Schere contributed to this story

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