HOAGLAND, Ind. (WANE) - A 10-year-old was handcuffed and escorted out of Heritage Elementary School on Tuesday after becoming violent and attacking others in the room. A teacher who was injured told police it was the most violent episode she had ever seen during her several years of teaching students with behavioral issues.
Police were called to the school at 12009 Hoagland Road after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department police report.
The report states that the student’s aggressive behavior had been escalating for months and several teachers told police the ten-year-old had been diagnosed with behavior disorder and takes medication for it.
After being disciplined by a teacher for being disrespectful that afternoon, he became angry.
“…. [he] began stomping around the room before charging at [a teacher] with his fists raised and shoving her into the water basin,” the report reads.
The teacher was knocked to the ground and said she had severe pain in the rib area and difficulty breathing. She was treated by medics, according to the police report.
Several teachers then had to physically restrain the violent 10-year-old to keep him from hurting anyone else. Another student had a panic attack witnessing the incident, the report states.
When police arrived, they spoke to the boy’s mother on the phone. She went over the medications the child was on but said he had not been seen by a doctor in a long time.
Police handcuffed the ten-year-old, charged him with battery and took him to the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center.
Security in EACS classrooms
EACS Security Manager Jeff Studebaker couldn’t comment on the incident Tuesday. He said instances like that are not common. Studebaker told NewsChannel 15 teachers are trained on how they should de-escalate situations. If that doesn’t work, teachers can call in their crisis intervention team. Each EACS school has its own team. If the team cannot get the student under control, Studebaker says the district reserves the right to call police.
For the time being, EACS officials said they are not going to change security in their classrooms.
“I think we just need to keep doing what we are, continue to train people, and troubleshoot as we have situations that do go awry.”