Five young men were arrested after a series of fights at Friendly High School in Fort Washington on Tuesday, and law enforcement officials say the fracases may be related to tensions caused by an off-campus killing of a 16-year-old student.
At about 7:20 a.m., Prince George's County police responded to a call about a confrontation involving about 10 students. The group had dispersed by the time police arrived, but another fight broke out while the officers were still on the scene.
Authorities say tensions are running high at the school as a result of the slaying over the weekend of sophomore Marcus Antonio Jones. He was shot early Sunday while walking from a party to a car in Fort Washington.
"The incidents appear to be related to the overwhelming raw emotions of the students who lost a friend over the weekend," said Lt. Bill Alexander.
Police on Tuesday charged three young men -- a relative of a student and two Friendly High students -- with second-degree assault after the school fights. A 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old student were charged as adults.
The other student was charged as juvenile.
In all the chaos at the school, police made two more arrests Tuesday morning. One student was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance after drugs fell out of his pocket, police said. Another student refused to comply with the commands of the police officer and attacked the officer, authorities said. That student was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Alexander said he didn't have the identities of the two adults who were arrested Tuesday.
The investigation into the Jones slaying continues, and police have "substantial leads," Alexander said.
Jones was the fourth Prince George's County Public Schools student to be killed since August. All of them occurred off school grounds.
Amber Stanley, 17, was killed at her Kettering home in August; Marckel Ross, 18, was shot to death while wearing his school uniform and walking to Central High School in September; and Eliezer Reyes, 14, was killed last month in a gang-related shooting in Lewisdale.