Baltimore Man Charged in Assault of Teen

Masked man reportedly went to the school to settle a dispute over French fries thrown in the cafeteria, according to school officials

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    Howard County police have arrested and charged a Baltimore man for allegedly assaulting a student at Long Reach High School in Columbia last week.

    According to police, 40-year-old Donnell Maurice Vannison came onto school property around 2:20 p.m. on March 21 wearing a ski mask.

    Vannison approached a male student and swung, grazing his face, authorities say. The 16-year-old student athlete struck back, knocking out Vannison.

    He had gone to the school to settle a dispute over French fries thrown in the cafeteria, according to school officials.

    Police have charged Vannison with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

    A 15-year-old witness nearby struck the victim after the incident. She was charged as a juvenile with assault.

    A spectator caught the entire incident on video, which was later posted online and had more than  800,000 views online.

    Vannison was released late yesterday and has a trial date set for June 6.