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|NUMBER 168||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JANUARY 2000|
Student Arrested for Stomping in Puddle
INVERNESS, FL - A 6th grade boy was arrested after stomping in a rain puddle and spraying classmates and a "school resource officer" with dirty water. The officer took 12-year-old Kyle Fredrik-son into a school office where he was handcuffed, placed in a patrol car, and taken to jail. He was detained in a holding room for about two hours.
The incident occurred at the Inverness Middle School. The head of the school resource officer program, Lt. James Martone, defended the action, telling the Tampa Tribune (12-9-99) that the arresting officer "did his job." He added: "It's a fine line any officer in the schools walk."
The boy was charged with a misdemeanor - disruption of an educational institution. His parents are furious, noting that other prisoners had access to the child while he waited in the holding room. They said that Kyle suffers from "a hyperactive disorder" and is enrolled in a class with children who are similarly afflicted and that school officials should have considered these circumstances before arresting their son.