Blythewood student arrested after attacking principal, deputy


Blythewood, S.C. (WACH) -- A Blythewood student is now at the Department of Juvenile Justice after authorities say she attacked a principal and the school's resource officer.

According to authorities, the incident began after the 16-year-old --whose name is being withheld due to being a minor-- was summoned to the office of Blythewood Academy around 10 a.m. following a previous altercation.

That's when officials say the girl began making threats to the principal, after which she purportedly began "advancing".

The School Resource Officer (SRO) was then called in to assist with the situation, after which authorities say the student then began hitting the deputy with her hands and feet.

The officer, after attempting to subdue her, then tased the teen.

The student was arrested and then charged with threatening a public official, resisting arrest, and assault and battery. Paramedics were called immediately following the altercation to check on the student's health after the tasing, after which she was transported to DJJ.

According to Blythewood Academy's website, the school is one for students who "have had challenges in a traditional school setting."

The Richland School District Two later released a statement saying the following:

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the principal of Blythewood Academy had to engage the assistance of the School Resource Officer after a threat was made against the principal.

Prior to calling for the School Resource Officer, the principal attempted to resolve a disciplinary matter following established district discipline procedures. Such procedures generally include appropriate communication with parents and de-escalation practices.

As reported by the Sheriff’s Department, the School Resource Officer was called in when a student threatened to harm the principal.

For details on what occurred after the School Resource Officer was called in, please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

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