Morgan Student Charged in Stabbing Incident

The MSU Spokesman

Baltimore city police charged Carlos Mars, a 19-year-old Morgan State University student, with weapons violations and assault charges in connection with Tuesday’s stabbing of two of the school’s football players.

It was the third violent incident in less than a week at the university. The Tuesday stabbing happened outside the Howard P. Rawlings Dining Hall around 2:00 p.m.

Mars, of District Heights, Md., was arrested at his on-campus apartment minutes after the stabbing, according to the Baltimore Police Department’s charging document. It also stated that before the stabbing Mars engaged in a fistfight. After being struck to the ground he was then attacked by several others, the document said.

Mars was taken to the city’s Northeastern District detective unit for questioning, but is being held at Central Booking at the city jail.

Over the weekend another student allegedly stabbed his roommate with scissors in a dispute over cleanliness in a dorm on campus. Also a fight broke out after a campus dance Friday night.

In response to the incidents, President David Wilson on Tuesday held a town hall meeting with students at the university’s Student Center Theater. “This is totally unbecoming of a Morgan man and woman,” Wilson said.

“Starting immediately, any students found responsible for fighting on the campus will be suspended immediately from campus residential facilities.  There will be no second chances,” Wilson said Thursday in an email follow-up to the town hall meeting.

Wilson also said that by the fall 10 officers would be added to the campus police force, and new students will be required to have conflict resolution training.

The meeting originally was planned as a private session between the Student Government Association and the National Pan Hellenic Council because of a the brawl after Friday’s party.