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Student Charged with Assault & Battery on an Officer Following Pepper Spray Incident

The 15-year-old female student was also charged with trespassing.

A 15-year-old student was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer following an incident at Arlington High School yesterday morning.

The female student came back to school following a five-day suspension. Upon return, she became disruptive with staff to the point of receiving another suspension, according to Captain Richard Flynn.

The student refused to the leave the classroom, Flynn said. School Resource Officer Edward Walsh verbally tried to get the student to leave the classroom but she was uncooperative.

“She would not comply with anyone’s demands,” Flynn said.

The officer then used “hand techniques” in an effort to remove the student, who was warned that she would be further suspended if she did not comply, Flynn said. She continued to resist and began to kick and punch Walsh.

She was then warned that if she continued to resist Walsh would have to use pepper spray, Flynn said.

“She continued to kick and fight and the officer disengaged and gave one short burst,” he said.

The student was quickly subdued and taken into custody.

Police officers are told to use pepper spray in situations that have escalated to a point where either they or the instigator could be hurt, Flynn said. In this case, Walsh could have used further force, but it likely would have hurt the student, Flynn said.

“The last thing you want to have happen is an officer, male or female, struggling, that’s how people get hurt,” Flynn said. “I’m sure Walsh could have restrained her, but [the use of pepper spray] creates separation. It gains compliance without physical techniques.”

The student was charged with assault and battery on a police officer and trespassing.

Laurie February 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I hope this girl gets some help. Any 15 year old girl that is causing this kind of trouble must be having some serious problems at home and is screaming out for help. Somebody needs to find out what on earth is going on in this girl's life that would drive her to these extremes.
robert bartholomew February 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Help is available
sara lou February 20, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I know this girl personally and it has nothing to do with what's going on at home because she under goverment care that says it all
robert bartholomew February 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Where are her parents??
Laurie February 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
That is so sad; what does that mean "under government care"? Being a 15 year old is hard enough...I feel bad for her and for the officer. I really hope she isn't one that drops out and disappears.
robert bartholomew February 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Where does she live? Who is responsible for her if she is "under Government care?"

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