Altercation Between Richland Student and Police Locks Down High School
No students were endangered or threatened, but a dispute between two teenage boys over a girl led to threats, and removal of a 16-year-old from Richland High School after he got physical with an officer.
Captain Cobb of the Richland Police Department told us Thursday the incident began with a 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy exchanging text messages. The younger student allegedly made threats to the older one to 'leave a certain girl alone.' It was a digital fight over a girl.
NO word as to what was exactly threatened, but the 17-year-old showed the messages to the Richland High SRO, or School Resource Officer.
It was determined that the 16-year-old would be at least talked to about the threats, as officials take it seriously. When police went to the classroom to escort the student off campus for a discussion, he reportedly became "physical" with the officers. Cobb said he was handcuffed and taken to the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center.
NO word yet on if he will face any charges. The school was locked down as a precaution. Cobb said while the student was being removed from the school, it was deemed the situation would be safer than trying to do it while the hallways were crowded during a pending class change. Again, no students or anyone else harmed or threatened in the incident--except the altercation between the student and police.
Cobb praised the SRO for taking the appropriate action in dealing with the threats.