Altercation at high school provokes police response, Facebook rumors
Nearly a half-dozen Nevada County sheriff’s deputies, along with fire and medical personnel, responded to an minor incident at Nevada Union High School Monday afternoon, according to Lt. Mike Walsh.
The large response was standard protocol, Walsh said, because the school’s resource officer — a deputy with the sheriff’s office — called in for immediate backup while working to restrain a student.
“What came out of the radio really sounded like the deputy was struggling with someone on the ground,” Walsh said. “Nobody really knew what was going on.”
Deputies later learned that the resource officer had been restraining a student who had flipped over a desk inside a classroom and lunged at a school administrator.
According to Walsh, the student got into a verbal argument with a teacher Monday morning. Later that afternoon, the student again became upset and began yelling during class.
Students had vacated the classroom when the suspect student lunged at an administrator, resulting in a physical altercation between the student and the school resource officer, who had stepped in to mitigate the confrontation.
It took about two minutes of struggling between the student and officer to put the student in handcuffs, Walsh said.
The student was taken to the hospital, where he was cleared by a doctor, and was then brought to juvenile hall.
“There didn’t need to be that many officers there,” Walsh said. “But you didn’t know until you got there.”
Meanwhile, rumors spread on Nevada County community Facebook groups when posters who saw the large police response at the high school asked whether anyone knew what was going on.
Some said a stabbing had occurred involving a teacher. Others mentioned a drug overdose.
Nevada Union High School Principal Kelly Rhoden sent a message about the incident to families, students and staff late Monday evening.
“I am calling to help stop the rumors that were started over an incident that occurred at Nevada Union High School today,” the message said.
“There were no drugs, no stabbing, or violence to any staff members or students … Thank you to everyone for the show of support and to law enforcement for handling this situation quickly and without incident.”
To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4231.
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