AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Amarillo Police Department released information about the arrest of a 16-year-old student Tuesday afternoon after an alleged assault at Randall High School.
According to a news release from the department, a school liaison officer at Randall High School detained a 16-year-old student around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday as part of an investigation into vandalism.
According to APD Public Information Officer Cpl. Jeb Hilton, the suspect became aggressive, attacked and assaulted the officer, then assaulted school staff before attempting to take the weapon off of the officer.
“So, the officer and staff were able to subdue the student,” Hilton said. “The student did receive some injuries and was treated. The officer was injured and was treated and released.”
The student, unidentified in the release, was arrested for two counts of “Assault on a Public Servant” and “Attempting to Take a Weapon from a Peace Officer.” The release said that the student was treated for injuries and booked into the Youth Center of the High Plains.
“It’s not something where we’re going to ever say that the student is going to get away with assaulting an officer, the student is going to get away with assaulting a teacher or staff at a school,” said Hilton. “If they do something like that, they’re going to be handled how it would in any other case, and that’s what happened in this incident.”
Hilton said in a situation like this, the best thing people can do is be a good witness and only get involved if absolutely necessary.
“The officer is there to keep the school safe and to handle these situations. The administration is there to keep the school safe and also help in these situations. So it worked out, it’s unfortunate that there were injuries on both sides. But it did work out everybody’s safe. And it’s something that hopefully we won’t see again,” he said.
Officials with the Canyon Independent School District commented on the incident in a Twitter thread posted Wednesday morning. MyHighPlains.com has reached out to Canyon ISD for further comment and the district referred to the social media post.
CISD went on to say: “Thank you to Randall High School’s Liaison Officer Slatten and staff for keeping the campus safe.”
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