Waynesboro Student Taken Into Custody After Argument Turned Violent

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The Waynesboro Police Department took a 17-year-old Waynesboro High School student into custody shortly after noon today after an argument between her and a male student escalated to a physical altercation with the school’s resource officer, according to a press release from the police department.

"Today was a perfect reason why we have school resource officers at the school, in case there is a situation where you have a student, so disruptive, so combative that the staff cannot effectively manage her," said Sgt. Brian Edwards who is with Waynesboro Police Department.

The argument happened as the students were exiting the auditorium from a school-wide assembly, according to a press release from Waynesboro Public Schools.

The officer and school staff interceded between the two students, but when the girl became hostile with them, the officer took her into custody for disorderly conduct and was attempting to remove her from the building when she got out of control.

The resource officer summoned additional officers for assistance and the situation was quickly quelled.

Both the officer and the student were examined by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew.

The officer was transported to the Augusta Health Emergency Department complaining of chest pain; the student was checked out by the crew for abrasions to her wrists.

She was eventually released to the custody of her mother and charges against her are pending.

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