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Sheriff: Raging Napa Teen Arrested, Deputy Hurt in Campus Struggle

Yelling obscenities in two languages, the 17-year-old Liberty High School student shoved a teacher's aide and struggled with a probation officer and a deputy before he was arrested, according to a Napa County Sheriff's captain.

There were some tense moments at Liberty High School on Imola Avenue in Napa Monday when a student got into a ruckus with a sheriff’s deputy, a probation officer and a teacher aide.

The chain of events started around 1 p.m. while school officials were making arrangements to have the 17-year-old male student picked up from the school by his parents after he was suspended for behavioral problems, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Leroy Anderson said.

While in the “time out” room with a school aide, the boy bolted from the room and ran back to the classroom, Anderson said.

Once inside the classroom, the teen began yelling obscenities in English and Spanish, Anderson said, adding that when an aide attempted to stop the boy by standing in front of him, the teen pushed her out of the way and started to approach the teacher, continuing to shout obscenities.

The Sheriff’s school resource deputy and a probation officer tried to grab the youth to get him out of the room, Anderson said.

“The boy pulled free and struggled with both of them for several minutes. The deputy injured her knee,” Anderson said.

“She did not need immediate medical attention and was able to finish her shift,” he added.

The student was eventually taken into custody, handcuffed and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony obstructing and resisting an officer, misdemeanor battery on a school employee and creating a disturbance, Anderson said.

Operated by the Napa County Office of Education, Liberty High serves students who have been expelled from their former high schools or have been recommended by the county probation department.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
"So, son, what do you want to do after you graduate high school?" "Get off probation, buy a Honda rollin dubs and thumpin, bust some noobs on Call Of Duty Black Ops II, and be a baller." "Don't you want to go to college or get a job?" "Naw, man, workin and school is for fools. You trippin, dude."
Scott Yeager November 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You have an active imagination.
Ash Leigh November 28, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Isn't that H.S. for kids who need help?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Yes, as the article reports: "Operated by the Napa County Office of Education, Liberty High serves students who have been expelled from their former high schools or have been recommended by the county probation department." You can find out more by clicking the school's highlighted name at the beginning of the article.
Ash Leigh November 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Well than Steve - that's unfair. The kid is obviously troubled.
Kristine Schug November 28, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hmmmmm.....Freudian slip in the second paragraph. "Making arraignments" for having the student picked up???? No wonder some of these kids are pre-judged even the author has unwittingly "judged" this one. :(
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Thanks, Kristine, I missed that when editing Marsha's copy. Fixing it now.
Kristine Schug November 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Proofing is hard! Especially when a word is not actually misspelled! ;)
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Thank you! I appreciate your sharper eyes.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 28, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Scott, you have NO idea! Lol Esiuol, of course he's troubled, and he obviously refuses to take his education seriously. That's my point, he likely has no desire to be in school.
Scott Yeager November 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I know. I do also but I don't write them down in comments:)
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" November 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Wow one messed up puppy.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Why not?! Unleash your brain, entertain us. I'd enjoy that.
richard honer November 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
hi hagitha hufstader
Karen Garcia November 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I'm a teacher on the same campus, Steve, and here's an example of a far more common conversation heard there: "So, son, what do you want to do after you graduate high school?" "Get off probation, go the the Napa Valley College and ____ " [insert one: join the military, become a police officer, probation officer, beautician, teacher's aide, teacher, auto mechanic, accountant, LVN...] These kids have been in trouble but many (if not most) of them thrive in the caring, rigorous educational setting at Liberty, graduate and go on to become productive citizens, despite all odds. Please don't perpetuate negative stereotypes about them. I invite you to attend our graduation ceremony on Dec. 14 in the NCOE board room. I guarantee that you'll be very impressed with these young people.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Karen, what time is graduation on Dec. 14? I'd like to try to cover it. When I was education reporter for the Register I covered one at Crossroads and learned a lot.
Mike Treleven November 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
When I was in high school, you might have heard about someone who knew somebody who knew someone going the Continuation High School.
Cathy Gumina Odom November 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I think the kids need a break, some compassion here. Sure they are acting out, but who is questioning why? Is their dad beating the shit out of them at home and is that why they don't want to go back? Is mom doing pills or dad selling coke? There's always a back story and I'm afraid that once these kids hit juvenile hall they're seen as disposable in our society, like yesterday's McDonalds wrappers and newspapers.
Karen Garcia November 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
It's usually at noon, Louisa. I get weepy every time. Some of these kids have had such rough lives and are amazingly resilient.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Karen, getting enrolled at Liberty High School usually means that a student is getting a second chance for education with dedicated instuctors (like yourself). If the accusations in the police report are true, then this student obviously doesn't take their education seriously, and that is definitely not your fault. In no way was I perpetuating a negative stereotype of your students, just focusing on the behavior of one. Please notice that the conversation starts with "So, son..." and not "So, guys..." The conversation in my comment is an actual conversation I had with a high school student (not Liberty) last year, except the game was Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. Gotta keep up with the times. I'd love to support the graduation ceremony. What time does it begin? Does Liberty High School have any scholarships we can promote?
Karen Garcia November 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Thanks for your clarifying comment, Steve. I'm just a die-hard glass-half-full kind of person and I would add that one unfortunate incident like the one that happened on Monday doesn't always mean that the student doesn't take his/her education seriously. Yes, Liberty and Chamberlain do have scholarships. You might contact Barbara Nemko about your generous offer.
Lorie November 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
...or "Zero Tolerance" got a hold of them someway, somehow.
Tom Ontis November 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I worked in a similar program where I live. Many of the kids were there because they missed significant school time and could not make up the units for graduation in a comprehensive high school setting. I had one student who freely admitted he missed two years of school. It showed when I saw the lack of development in certain subjects. Others were there because it was conditin of their probation. A few were transitioning out of Juvenile Hall, which unfortunately many of them 'visited' again. The aim of the program was to prepare for the GED test. Some got theirs, some didn't.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Could we try to also set a good example with regard to avoiding profanity in the comments? Normally I would pull a comment for the language above, but Cathy you are a regular with valuable things to say - still, we do have the terms of service asking for commenters to avoid bad language. Help me out? I just published a bunch of "kid-friendly" stuff and am trying to keep the site clean. Thank you.
Sandy L. November 30, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Louisa, we would love to have you there. The graduation is not open to the general public however so as much as we would love to have others from the community, this is not permitted for security reasons. We are very proud of our graduates! It takes a lot of strength to overcome obstacles and succeed in spite of them.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Sandy, I very much appreciate the invitation and I would like to attend, thank you. It would be great to get some photos but we can do this without showing the graduates' faces if that is a concern.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Thanks will do Louisa.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Sandy and Karen, I sadly apologize to you and the students that I was not able to attend the graduation today after all. If you have any photos and/or a list of graduates' names, I would be happy to spotlight them with a congratulatory article. I wish them the best of luck ahead.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Check out Karen's wonderful photo from the Liberty/Chamberlain graduation yesterday. These young people still have their lives in front of them and Kiwanis gave many scholarships to assist in their further education: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/young-napans-earn-diplomas-scholarships-gallery - I love the one of Denys in his cap and gown, diapering his baby son.

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