Thursday, May 8th, 2014
A New Hampshire father was arrested on disorderly conduct charges after he allegedly repeatedly spoke out of turn at a school board meeting. William Baer, whose daughter attends Gilford High School, was speaking in protest of a school-assigned book he said was inappropriate, as The Huffington Post reports:
[Baer]…was arrested during a school board meeting Monday night after he continuously talked out of turn in protest of the Jodi Picoult book Nineteen Minutes. Baer was upset the school had assigned the book –- which contains a graphic sex scene between two teenagers — to his ninth-grade daughter without first notifying parents, according to WCVB.
“You are going to arrest me because I violated the two-minute rule?” Baer asked at the meeting after he was reprimanded for speaking for longer than the allotted time, according to WCVB video. “I guess you are going to have to arrest me.”
Baer was soon put in handcuffs and eventually charged with disorderly conduct, the outlet reports.
The book — which examines the events leading up to and after a school shooting in New Hampshire — has been assigned in the past, but the district said it forgot to notify parents this year. The district has since apologized and said it will make sure it doesn’t happen again, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014
A 13-year-old Chicago boy who allegedly threw a snowball at a police officer was arrested and charged with battery to a police officer, which is a felony charge. More from KY3 News:
According to The Chicago Tribune, the incident happened close to the school the boy attends. The officer reported that the boy threw a snowball and hit him in the arm while he sat in a marked squad car. The eight-grader claims he wasn’t the one who threw the snowball and that it didn’t hit the officer directly. Regardless, he was arrested and charged with battery to a police officer, which is a felony.
In addition to the charges, the school has suspended the boy for five days, his mother said. Police confirmed it was the suspect’s first arrest.
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Six-year-old Salecia Johson a kindergarten student at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, Georgia, was placed in handcuffs and taken to the police station after an outburst in which she threw furniture, overturned a bookshelf, and tore items off of the walls. The bookshelf allegedly injured the school’s principal. MSNBC.com has more:
Police defended their actions during the incident which occurred last Friday at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, Ga.
“Our policy states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule,” Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord told WMAZ-TV.
The family on Tuesday demanded that the city change its policy, the Associated Press reported, and claimed the girl was shaken up while at the police station.
Johnson was charged with assault and damage to property, WMAZ-TV reported, but she will not have to go to court because of her age.
Johnson’s mother, Constance Ruff, says her daughter was suspended until the start of the next school year.
“She has mood swings some days, which all of us have mood swings some days,” she told WMAZ-TV. “I guess that was just one of her bad days.”
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