Pittsfield middle school students arrested in separate incidents


PITTSFIELD -- Two 13-year-old students were arrested on Tuesday during separate incidents at two Pittsfield middle schools.

The identities of the students were not released.

In the first incident called into police at 7:59 a.m., a female showed up at Herberg Middle School and was "out of sorts," according to Principal Chris Jacoby. She refused to comply with requests by school staff and a police officer who is stationed at the school, to "come with them."

Jacoby said that the student "struggled" with the male police officer who was arresting her, though he said he wouldn't characterize the incident as an assault. The student was charged with assault and battery on a police officer.

Jacoby said much of the incident occurred in the hallway before school started. "We did everything we could to settle her down."

"It's very unusual because this is not a student who is ordinarily a troublemaker," Jacoby said. "We could tell she was agitated over something," he said. "She was having a really bad morning."

The other incident involved a male at Reid Middle School. School and district officials could not be reached for comment regarding that incident.

The student was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a public school employee.

Last week, a 15-year-old female was arrested at Reid Middle School for allegedly assaulting a female police officer. Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jake McCandless and Reid Middle School Vice Principal Dennis Carr declined to comment at the time.

Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn declined to comment on any of the incidents.

Last week, a 15-year-old student was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance at Pittsfield High School and was later found to be carrying a pellet gun in his backpack.

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