Disturbance at Pittsfield High School prompts police response

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PITTSFIELD — A disturbance at Pittsfield High School prompted a robust police response early Wednesday, and students were briefly held in lockdown, according to Pittsfield police.

Numerous police officers responded to the school on East Street around 8:30 a.m. after a student damaged a surveillance monitor in an office, according to Sgt. Matthew Hill.

 "Today at Pittsfield High School a student became highly agitated when being questioned by an administrator and destroyed some property in one of the high school offices, and then ran out of the building," an email sent from the school district to PHS families read. "In the meantime, another student became highly agitated as the result of the first student's upset, and the Pittsfield Police were called by the PHS School Resource Officer to help with the situation."

When police arrived, they "intercepted" the first student, a male, as they were leaving the building, the email said. The second student was a female.

"Officers responded and as they did and were trying to deal with the party that caused the vandalism, another student tried to interfere" with officers, Hill said.

Several police officers assisted the district and school staff to ensure that students were secure in the building and they were held in classrooms until the situation was resolved about 30 minutes later, according to the email provided to The Eagle by Superintendent Jason McCandless.

The first student was charged with vandalism and resisting arrest, according to Hill. The second was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police officers, he said. Both students were juveniles and their names were not released.

No weapons were involved, and students were sent to their next period class around 9:15 a.m, the email to families said. Officers cleared the scene around the same time.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

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