March 17, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) In a March 17 story about stabbings at Morgan State University, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the Baltimore Police Department, reported erroneously that three people were stabbed on the campus. Police spokesman Detective Ruganzu Howard now says two people were stabbed and a third was not injured by a knife but suffered abrasions in the incident. Howard says he does not know exactly how the third person was injured and would not give further details.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Police: 2 football players stabbed in fight at Morgan State

Police: 2 football players stabbed in fight on Morgan State campus; suspect in custody


Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) - Two groups of people got into a fight Tuesday outside a dining hall on the Morgan State University campus, and two football players were stabbed by someone swinging a knife wildly, police and college officials said.

It was the third instance of violence on the Baltimore campus in less than a week.

The players were taken to hospitals and their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, police said. A third person was not injured by a knife but suffered abrasions in the incident, police spokesman Detective Ruganzu Howard said Wednesday.

A suspect was taken into custody. It's not clear what started the fight.

This is the third instance of recent violence. On Friday, a male student was stabbed with scissors by his roommate after an argument over the cleanliness of their dorm room.

Early Saturday, an on-campus party was broken up after fights started.

School officials held a campus meeting Tuesday night to talk about what happened.

''We expect you as students to take responsibility for your own behavior and actions,'' University president David Wilson told those in attendance.

Earlier Tuesday, Wilson sent an email to students that declared ''This is not Morgan!''

Kevin Banks, vice president for student affairs, repeated that assertion.

''The stuff you've seen on TV the past few days is not Morgan State University,'' Banks said.

Wilson also said no text alerts were sent to students immediately after the stabbing because ''the general public was not in imminent danger because this was a fight between known parties and not a random act of violence.''

But Freshman Shakia Marine, 20, who did not attend the campus meeting, said she is a little worried about the latest spate of violence.

''My godfather has concerns about me coming here,'' Marine said. ''There needs to be more security guards walking around. After today, it made me feel scared. My roommate said we should get some Mace to protect ourselves. I think the school needs to take more action. It's not the first time something like this has happened.''

Morgan State is the largest historically black university in Maryland and has about 6,000 students, according to its website.

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