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Man Charged in Long Reach Assault Caught on Video (UPDATED)

Donnell Vannison, 40, of Baltimore was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Howard County police Tuesday charged a 40-year-old west Baltimore man in a that was caught on video and went viral on the internet.

Donnell Maurice Vannison was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, according to a written statement from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD).

Vannison may also be charged with trespassing on school property, said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

Police said that Vannison, wearing a ski mask, struck a 16-year-old male student outside the school at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

The student, who was captured on video striking back, will not be charged, said police.

"Investigators believe he (the student) was acting in self-defense," said the statement.

HCPD responded to the scene for a person reported unconscious, said Llewellyn.

"As the officer approached Vannison, he was already walking away, off of school property. The officer talked with him briefly and offered medical attention, which he refused," said Llewellyn.

The officer found Vannison "stumbling down the sidewalk, almost falling over" with "blood on his face," according to charging documents, which referenced several times that Vannison "kept trying to leave" the scene.

Initially, Vannison gave the officer a false name, according to the report.

After discovering through a computer search that the name was an alias, the officer verified the subject's real identity and "Mr. Vannison was later sent on his way," according to charging documents.

The officer and Vannison had been across the street from the school during their interaction, according to charging documents, and it wasn't until the officer returned to campus that he learned of Vannison's involvement in the fight.

"A short time later, the officer received the report of the assault," said Llewellyn. "He began investigating the details, which resulted in charges against the 15-year-old girl and Vannison."

A 15-year-old female student hit the 16-year-old and as a juvenile last week, said police. Vannison was friends with her family, according to Llewellyn.

Police ramped up patrols at the school at the end of last week but have since returned to normal staffing levels, said Llewellyn.

Vannison has a trial date set for June 6, according to HCPD.

This article was updated with additional details at 3:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 27.

HOCO Parent April 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I'm glad my son attends Long Reach High School and all this talk is silly. Every high school has issues and you are naive to think otherwise. Teachers at Long Reach are very dedicated and bright and surprisingly demanding . Don't listen to all the garbage out there I challenge you come out from behind your rock and visit and talk to the teachers.
sarah April 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
If long Reach is soooo great then why is it that they are finding heroin needles in the bathroom, kids are fighting, posting ignorant videos on youtube, and most of the kids are disrespectful???? Many teachers are racist..... i no of a student that was never treated the way he should be they let him go all the way to the 11th grade with out learning a thing! Instead of failing him they let him slide by and then when an altercation happened between him and a black person they kicked him out! They are for black people at that school
Nicole Mapp April 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Some of the comments regarding Long Reach although true are not any different than other high schools so why is Long Reach being vilified? You have good and bad elements regardless of the situation or environment. I have kids that go to public schools (Long Reach particularly) and private schools. The care given to my children by their teachers is equal. The teachers at both schools take the time before or after school to meet with my kids to help them when needed and communicate with me and my husband regarding any issues that arise. This is done because we set the precedence that we care about our kids’ education and we are involved with their learning process. Neither of my kids feel unsafe in their school environment and they have both excelled academically and athletically under the leadership provided. Instead of vilifying the school, maybe those who happen to be less than thrilled should look at what role they play to ensure the kids (their kids at Long Reach) are receiving the most from their experience. The situation described is the same in a multitude of high schools so please don’t continue to post as if this only occurs in one Howard County high school.
Kwezay April 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Where are the PARENTS i ask you. These kids are out in public and have no regard for nor do they respect authority. My kids graduated from WLHS and I dare them to come to school or where acting and talking like that! DOES ANYBODY PARENT ANYMORE???
workingmyfaith April 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
LRHS Parent, I am on of the parents involved in this sistuation and the bottom line is that the staff at LRHS do very little if nothing at all to address students who are being harrassed by other students at the school. I as a parent hadve had to have several meeting on be have of one or another of my children who has had some harrassment by one or more other student/s. Staff (Mr. Rob) have looked me in my face and said "what do you want me to do". So I don't agree with theactions of that guy but I understand why something like this woukd happen.

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