Boy charged for assaulting teacher
A 12-year-old boy was charged with assault after an incident shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, in which he allegedly attacked a teacher at the WellSprings Middle School in Glenwood Springs.The Glenwood Springs Police Department said they responded after receiving a call of a child getting out of control.”There was no weapon, but he apparently kicked (the teacher) and tried to bite her hand,” said Lt. Bill Kimminau. “She said she doesn’t know why he did this, but she pressed charges.”The juvenile was charged with a misdemeanor assault offense and has been summoned into Glenwood Springs Municipal Court. He has since been suspended from school.According to Dr. Liz Meador, principal of Yampah Mountain High School where the school is located, WellSprings is a specialized program designed for children with severe emotional problems and conduct disorders. “This program is for special needs kids and is one of the programs that serve the four area school districts for children with emotional disabilities,” she said. “It’s an ongoing process to refine the kids’ behavior.”However, Meador said a situation like this is “very unusual.”While there are no increased security patrols at the school, Kimminau said the police department does provide two School Resource Officers, which patrol various schools within the Re-1 school district – mainly the high schools and middle schools – but that assaults within the schools are not that common.”It doesn’t happen too often,” Kimminau said. “But once in a while – and most often – it’s a fight (between students.)”Despite increased school security around the country, Kimminau said his department isn’t doing anything different than what it normally does.
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