Saturday, April 26, 2008

Examiner photographer assaulted at school

A photographer for the Baltimore Examiner was assaulted while taking photos outside a school for a story about school violence, according to the Baltimore Sun and Examiner. Arianne Starnes, 24, said she was thrown to the ground Thursday after a student at Reginald F. Lewis High School left a group of about 20 others. The student grabbed Starnes' cameras, pulling at the straps and threatening her. After a struggle, Starnes was pushed backward to the ground, falling on her cameras. Starnes stood up and was again confronted by the student, who this time pointed his finger at her head and pretended to shoot her, saying "I told you not to take a ... picture." School police took Starnes' statement at The Examiner's office, and an investigation is under way.