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March 14, 2008
N. Providence High teen accused of assault at school
NORTH PROVIDENCE -- A 16-year-old student at North Providence High School has been arrested after being accused of assaulting the school resource officer and an assistant principal in the school, police said.
Deputy Police Chief Paul A. Marino said the teenager lost control of his temper and got into a scuffle yesterday with Patrolman David Henry, the school resource officer. Several police officers and school officials had to restrain the student.
"They were suspending him from school, and he didn’t want to go,’’ he said.
Marino said neither the police officer or assistant principal were seriously injured.
According to a police report, the teenager and his girlfriend got into an argument shortly after 10:30 a.m. in the school nurse’s office. He moved to the hallway and started swearing at Christen McLaughlin, an assistant principal. She told police that the teenager headed to door that would take him outside and she warned him that he would be "truant,’’ if he left the building.
The teenager left and returned a few minutes later.
The police report said that Officer Henry approached the teenager, who became unruly and shouted obscenities at him. Henry told the him to "calm down,’’ and "leave the building,’’ the report says.
-- Journal staff writer W. Zachary Malinowski
Police said the teenager refused to cooperate or leave. A brief scuffle ensued and Henry reported that the boy "swung his arms around,’’ and struck McLaughlin. Henry wrestled him to the ground with the help of Glenn Williams, the football coach, and another assistant principal, the report says.
Two other police officers, Mike Zaccagnini and John Piluso, arrived at the high school and helped Henry take the teenager into custody. On the way out, the boy allegedly kicked the police cruiser, leaving a dent in the right rear end.
At police headquarters, the teenager was charged with two counts of simple assault for allegedly striking Henry and McLaughlin, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, vandalism to town property and willful trespassing on school grounds. He was placed in a jail cell pending an appearance in Family Court in Providence.
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