Student taken into custody after incident at school
A middle school student became ‘extremely agitated’ prior to physical incident, school officials say
WEST BRANDYWINE >> A North Brandywine Middle School student was taken into police custody on Tuesday following an incident at the school that became physical.
School officials informed parents of the matter on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Daily Local News obtained those messages on Wednesday from Coatesville Area School District officials.
North Brandywine Assistant Principal Melissa Willis emailed
a letter to parents on Wednesday at about 1:45 p.m. with the subject line of “yesterday’s incident” to provide them with more details about the “disturbing incident.”
“One of our eighth-grade students became extremely agitated and entered another student’s classroom,” Willis wrote. “Two staff members attempted to stop the student from entering the classroom. They were unsuccessful.”
The staff members called the office for support. She said that teachers kept their students inside their classrooms until the disruptive student could be removed from the building.
“Upon entering the room, the student pushed desks out of their rows and into several students, all are fine,” Willis wrote. “The student who entered the room did make physical contact with two other students during the incident. They are also fine. One teacher did seek medical treatment and is resting at home.”
West Brandywine police were dispatched at 12:54 p.m. to the school at 256 Reeceville Road for a report of an assault with injuries. Upon arrival, police said they found a 12-yearold male juvenile in the hallway being restrained by school administration. Police said their investigation revealed that about five or six students and two teachers were injured.
West Brandywine police said that one student and one teacher were transported to Brandywine Hospital for observation of the injuries sustained in this incident, while the others were checked on scene at the school by EMS personnel.
Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Cathy Taschner said that she could not discuss personnel issues, but she did announce that the teacher is fine and he will return to school.
That student has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct. Willis said school officials were informed that the student was taken into police custody and is facing charges.
North Brandywine Principal Christopher Jahnke sent a voice message to parents on Tuesday following the disturbance to inform them of an “incident this afternoon.”
“To ensure caution, we held all students in their classrooms as we worked through the situation,” Jahnke said. District officials added that the students were not on a lockdown. “As always, the safety of everyone is our primary objective. We did call the local law agency to ensure everyone’s safety. All staff, students and faculty are safe.”
While several fighting incidents occurred at the high school level during the 2015-16 school year, Willis reassured the parents that such incidents are rare at the middle school.
“While this incident is very upsetting, I want to assure you that this is not in any way something we normally experience at North Brandywine,” Willis said. “Our school is overwhelmingly a peaceful place where we strive to ensure students feel safe, protected, and encouraged.
“We have a strict discipline code to which we adhere, and we have standards of peacefulness and respect, and procedures in place to promote them,” Willis said.