- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Two Lexington Park teenagers were released from custody this week on personal recognizance after their arrest on charges of committing second-degree assaults on each other and a teacher, and unlawfully disturbing activities at Great Mills High School.
Lamaira Jashrie Smith, 18, and Ytesha C. Jenkins, 18, initially started punching each other on Monday in a classroom, charging papers allege, before Anne Hoffman, the teacher, got between them.
Hoffman was shoved, scratched and thrown to the floor, court papers state, and she remained there until more school personnel got there and broke up the confrontation. Police saw injuries to the teacher’s neck and chest.
Smith told police that a Feb. 27 incident involving several students was followed by threats against her posted on Twitter, and that a confrontation ensued the next day between her and Jenkins, according to court papers. The two teenagers had phone conversations during the weekend, and further conversed during Monday’s fifth-period English class in Room D33, where the altercation commenced. Smith’s head was banged against a wall.
Jenkins, also identified in court records as Tesha C. Jenkins, told police that she tried to defend herself, and was punched and kicked in the face, according to court papers filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy James Maguire.
Both teenagers were checked by a school nurse before they were taken to the county jail, sheriff’s deputy Kristi Nelson wrote in a statement of probable cause.