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Teens charged after altercation at school

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By Linda Ireland

 A pair of teens face alcohol and weapons charges after an altercation that occurred Oct. 30.

According to Police Chief Steve Johnson, a 15-year-old “got into conflict” at LaRue County High School and was taken to the office.

Paul Mullins, principal at LCHS, said he “called authorities” after the student ran from the school.

“... I apprehended him at the Hodgenville Grill (a restaurant north of the school on Lincoln Boulevard),” said Johnson.

Johnson said he attempted to take the teen back to school. He eventually handcuffed the student and placed him in the back of the cruiser when “he became violent.” The teen was eventually put in ankle cuffs after attempting to kick out the windows of Johnson’s cruiser.

At one point, officials became concerned that the teen may have injured himself.

“Due to the violent nature and numerous head butts to the window – before he tried kicking it – he was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS,” Johnson said. The student “checked out OK.”

The teen was charged with resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication, second-degree criminal mischief, three counts of terroristic threatening and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

Johnson said a lock blade knife was found in the teen’s possession. The knife has a mechanism that locks the blade into its fully opened position. Law enforcement agencies perceive it as a fighting weapon while a pocket knife is considered to be a tool.

The school’s handbook forbids the possession of either kind of knife on school grounds, Mullins said. 

A regular pocket knife can – in some instances – be used as a tool (like scissors) in a class, such as agriculture, Mullins said.

“But you wouldn’t want them carrying scissors in the building either,” he added.

School officials investigated where the teen had gotten the alcohol. Another 15-year-old was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of alcohol by a minor and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

“The school did an excellent job of finding out how the alcohol was obtained and where it came from,” Johnson said.

The second teen also had a lock blade knife, Johnson said. Both knives were confiscated.

The cases were handled in juvenile court.