Three students involved in altercations after a basketball game between Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School were arrested at B-CC in Bethesda on Friday night.
Shelton Mooney—the acting principal of B-CC—and Jennifer Baker—principal of Walter Johnson—emailed the school communities in a joint letter over the weekend calling the incident “unacceptable.” The principals linked the altercations to an incident of vandalism that occurred the week prior to the game.
The principals said, “Apparently, B-CC students spray painted the WJ shed that the seniors paint as a tradition going into their senior year. In retaliation, apparently WJ students spray painted the brick building and the school’s electronic sign at B-CC. These acts resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to the schools and a full police investigation.”
Both principals said that they are working together to administer consequences to the students involved.
Full Email from Walter Johnson and B-CC Principals
Dear Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Community Members,
We wanted to alert our communities that after the basketball game at B-CC there were several altercations among the students. Both schools had administrators, security and police present. Despite these measures, altercations still broke out on and off campus, eventually resulting in three arrests. We believe these incidents were a continuation of vandalism on both campuses earlier in the week. Apparently, B-CC students spray painted the WJ shed that the seniors paint as a tradition going into their senior year. In retaliation, apparently WJ students spray painted the brick building and the school’s electronic sign at B-CC. These acts resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to the schools and a full police investigation. These acts are all completely unacceptable and both schools will work collaboratively to determine the facts and administer appropriate consequences. At any school event safety is our top concern and our expectation is always that students will follow all school rules and laws in order to assure they are able to enjoy school events with their peers. Please speak to your children about the importance of school rules and their key role in helping all school events be fun, safe and enjoyable activities.
Acting Principal, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Principal, Walter Johnson High School