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Police: Teen Punches Teacher, Tries to Grab Cop's Gun

Following an alleged altercation with a teacher, the 13-year-old reportedly threatened to kill the officer before trying to grab his gun.


A Milford Police Officer suffered minor injuries after being attacked by a 13-year-old who had allegedly just assaulted a West Shore Middle School teacher, according to a report just released by police.

The teen, who is a student at the school, struck a teacher in the facial area following an incident involving the student's cell phone, police said. The officer, who responded to the school at 1:19 p.m. on Feb. 22, located the student in a parking lot on Lenox Avenue.

"The juvenile became verbally abusive and took up a fighting stance with the officer, telling him he was going to take the officer’s gun and shoot the officer with it," the report states. "The juvenile then charged the officer swinging his fists, striking the officer in the left temple area. While struggling with the police officer, the juvenile attempted to remove the firearm from the officer’s duty holster but was unsuccessful."

The teen's identity was not released. He was charged with:

  • Assault on a police officer
  • Interfering with police
  • Third-degree assault
  • Second-degree threatening
  • Second-degree breach of peace

The juvenile was transported to a local hospital for an emergency evaluation, police said, and he is scheduled to appear in juvenile court.

Dawn February 28, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Erin, obviously he hasn't been taught respect or feels he is above it. Name calling and calling a child an animal, that's a respectable citizen. Maybe he should look up the word respect in the dictionary!!!
Michele February 28, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Wow - that sounds just like some of my neighbors - lntkav we must live on the same block!
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Ladies, He is now a teenager. He allegedly did strike a female a blow to the head, who happens to be a public employee. He was found by a PO in a lot and not on public property while responding to a call from Police HQ. He is also reported to have assaulted the PO and attempted to steal the PO's gun and if successful said he was going to kill the cop. Fortunately for the student the policeman did not use deadly force to apprehend the student. At the time our police officer did not know the condition of the student. Was he high on drugs?, Did he have a mental condition, or was he just an angry teenager out to harm people? Those who know this teenager and call him a child do him no service. He is now a Juvenile Delinquent just like the many other teenagers who have been charged with all sorts of crime. As a non-adult he will be part of our justice system where he will be treated differently from adults charged with similar crimes. A special judge will determine how he is to be handled and not friends who feel he is just misunderstood (West Side Story). Last night I attended class at the Milford Citizen Police Academy, and asked if someone could just remove an officers gun from its holster just by grabbing the gun. The reply I received was that their guns are locked in, so that the gun can't easily be used against them. This our young student didn't know. He is fortunate that he was unable to succeed in carrying out his threat. Now let JUSTICE be done for all involved.
Lisa February 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM
MOVE ON PEOPLE ITS OVER
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 01, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Lisa, Saying so does not make it so.We have had over 100 postings because this student is accused of doing something that other students in this city don't do. The only thing that is over is publication of his current activities I'm very happy that the teacher and the PO have not gone public, but you can't suppress public outrage. Be thankful that he will get justice.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:05 AM
WHOA WHOA WHOA DAVID CHESLER!!! Do not lump children with ADD and ADHD as being problem students. FYI I am a woman who has ADHD and I've been diagnosed since I was 7. I have never ever laid a finger on a teacher nor any authority figure. Unless you understand what ADD/ADHD is then I suggest you be quiet and keep your opinion to yourself. I know growing up I was bullied and tormented from elementary school to high school. I never went off on anyone or got into fights with teachers. I was respectful. To this day that bullying has affected my life. None of us know what happened. He may of had a bad day and gone off or he may have Oppositional defiance disorder. Just so you know alot of children that are "main streamed" still have help through special ed or what they call an IEP or for those who don't know what that stands for it means Individualized Education Plan. Children regardless of the issues they may be dealing with deserve just a good an education as your child. What happened to having some compassion and waiting till all the facts come out? Let the courts handle his case and decide what's best for this young man.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:10 AM
AMEN KT!!!! great post
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:13 AM
KT I couldn't agree more with what you are saying. amazing how they jump to judging children. Shows their true ignorance.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:19 AM
AMEN KT
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Lam he struck the officer and they fell to the ground in a struggle where the 13 yr old was unsuccessful at grappling the weapon away.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 04:37 AM
A student thank you. It takes a selfless student to put these parents in their places. You are spot on Student and I am so very proud of you for what you wrote. You are a great person and please don't ever change your compassion and wanting to help this young man is commendable. All the parents on here posting ignorant and judgemental opinions take a look at what came of the mouth of a babe and how eloquent and educated she sounds. Take a page from her book. Kudos A Student
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Lisa please let the parents know that there are people out here that truly care about this young man and I do not think his parents are bad parents. I feel for them. I pray that their son can get whatever help he might need and then be able to return to school without issuse. I truly am sorry that there are people in milford who are judgemental arrogant snobs that think they know better than everyone else. I'm praying for this young man and his family. please pass this onto them that there are those who do care about this young man. God Bless your Lisa for commenting.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Dawn S. I am extremely sorry that this young man is traumatized. He shouldn't have to go through all this. Please let the parents know that thre are those of us here that support the parents and their son. I hope he can get the help he needs and that maybe this stuff will blow over and he can get back to a normal life. Please tell them i am praying for them and that they have the support of alot of people. God Bless you Dawn for standing up for your friends.
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Right on Student 1. Very well said comments and I am so proud to know that you are representing milford in such a positive way. Kudos to you.
David Chesler March 01, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Kelly, read what I wrote, not "problem student", just "problem". When I say "something I've personally seen" that means I have seen it. And I also said "not because he had violent outbursts before he was medicated" -- that is, I believe (at the level of a best guess) the violent outburst was a result of the medication, not the other way around. In the one case close to home a student's problem was somewhere in generalized anxiety and school phobia. He tried a number of medications under a psychiatrist's care. One gave him violent ideations, another left him with violent outbursts against his father. I've said I experienced it myself, where a medication that should have helped my mood left me so short-tempered I was breaking things like plates. I assure you I've had more experience than I'd like with a number of high-functioning conditions like ADD (of the hyperattentive kind -- I found Thom Hartmann's "Hunter and Farmer" explanation useful), the Asperger's end of the autism spectrum, mild depressions and dysthymia. I'm glad for you you never took a medication that made you crazy. We're not all that lucky. (It's not just psychoactives -- a physician I know socially told me about Byetta, how this was a wonder drug that treated diabetes at its roots. I must be allergic to Gila monster spit, because I felt like I had the flu and spent a day in bed.) What are the chemicals that are out of balance? Do you also believe in flogiston?
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 05:38 AM
AMEN Erin AMEN
Kelly E. March 01, 2013 at 05:48 AM
to then we will be sending the police to your house now and having your child locked away and throw away the key. if your child is anything like you it's best we lock them up or take them away fromyou. see how does that feel to dummy dawn handle
David Chesler March 01, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Why is it your business Kelly but not mine? Why do we bother with newspapers and their electronic equivalents at all? When people are attacking the teachers and police in my city, it is my business. If as some are saying the boy was undisciplined due to bad parenting, and that was tolerated for years, things need to be changed. On the other hand, if this was not predictable (such as would be the case if a new psychoactive medication had an effect almost opposite to what was desired, my best guess) there's probably not much that needs to be changed, just discontinue that medication for that boy, maybe be even more careful with it for other patients in the future. If the Milford PD is posting false stories on their blotter as Dawn S seems to suggest, that also needs to be changed.
Scott March 01, 2013 at 12:35 PM
"Move on people its over?" Why because you are friends with the family? I cannot believe I am writing this....., but I agree with Ronald.
Dawn March 01, 2013 at 03:26 PM
It is amazing how judgemental peoples are being. Any one of you could be in this family's shoes. Don't say this would never happen to me, or my child would never because you know what, it could. the brain is a very complex organ and no one fully understands how it functions. The only facts you have "that are accurate are that the child hit a teacher and ran from school" The rest, whether true or not you do not know. You do not know what kind of family the child has or what problems the child may or may not have. But do you really think that labeling and stereotyping this family is going to get the child the help and guidance necessary? This child can read and hear what is being said. If this child is in such a fragile state, do those that criticize and berate want to be responsible for what could happen? It makes you no better than the allegations made against this family. Worse if you ask me. Is t better to take the life of a child than to show some compassion and support. I do not condone violence in any shape and their should be consequences for actions, but that is not for any of us to decide. So leave the family alone and let them work through this without the negativity of the ignorant!
Lisa March 01, 2013 at 03:26 PM
KELLY WELL SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa March 01, 2013 at 03:29 PM
AMEN TO THAT DAWN!!!!!! We need more people like you in this world.
Cheryl Craig Smith March 01, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Enough!! I do not know the child but as an outsider I can see that he needs some sort of help, help is NOT a bad thing. I am not questioning his parents, hey things happen and parents do our best ( I am the mom of 3) Our children do NOT come with an instruction booklet. We cannot be with out children 24/7. I am sick of the nasty comments, bottom line, help the kid.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Here's a look at the email the West Shore Principal sent out on Tuesday to parents and guardians. Also included is a map of distance from West Shore to Lenox Ave, where the student was arrested: http://milford.patch.com/articles/west-shore-principal-responds-to-student-s-arrest
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Folks, I've patiently listened to Kelly and Lisa rant about a student who is accused of first assaulting a teacher in her school and after fleeing the school he was apprehended by a police officer blocks away where this same student first threatened the policeman and then made good by assaulting him and sought to obtain the policeman's gun. It appears that both Lisa and Kelly know this teenager and say he is misunderstood. He is really a good kid with problems and the authorities are messing up his life. Playing the devils advocate, If I were a parent with I child in his current school I would insist that this student be removed permanently. Assaulting a teacher is reason enough, because if he was willing to attack an adult, surely he would have no qualms to assault a fellow student. Then to compound his adventure he then confronts the police officer and tells him that he is going to attack the officer and use the officers gun to kill him. Fortunately he was unable to get the gun out of the locked holster, but he did try. Lisa and Kelly say that we should butt out of this incident. I could ask why this violent kid if he was under medical treatment should have been allowed to in the school rather than in an institution. Why was he allowed to be a threat to all. What appears to be obvious is that this student's condition was kept a secret if he was under medical care. Ladies this matter is now public and the public will now take charge, like it or not.
Baffled Resident March 01, 2013 at 06:54 PM
"Move on, it's over". I wouldn't be surprised if someone said that on behalf of Adam Lanza at some point in his life before that tragic day.
Erin March 01, 2013 at 10:57 PM
These comments need to stop. You are hurting this family more than they are already hurting. They are strict parents who are very involved in they're children's lives. They have two other children who are very well behaved & respectful & so is he. It just happens that he is having some issues & they have been working on getting it straightened out, unfortunately it doesn't happen overnight. As I said before everything in that article is not entirely true & when it's allowed a statement will be made.
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Erin, You have been the first to post a civil message about this incident who knows the student involved. the first was a young female student who had a foul mouth about whom others felt was fine as street language. The others just said butt out with no explanation. You have acted as a lady and civilly explained the situation to the extent that respected the feelings of that students family. I shall comply to the wishes of a woman that showed respect to those who participated in this discussion. Erin, as a gentleman, I respect you as a Lady.
Concerned Parent March 02, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Erin, I've read the article about this boy in the paper and can only imagine what his family is going through right now. No one really knows exactly what happened and the circumstances that prompted it and the reports surrounding it have been worded extremely carefully. I refuse to presume what was going thru this boy's mind at the time of the incident but hope the family can help him.
Erin March 03, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Thank you Ronald & Ed.

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