Screven teen arrested; principal bitten in school altercation

SYLVANIA, Ga. -- It took at least three men and a police officer to subdue a 16-year-old Screven County High School student last week in an altercation in which a school principal was also bitten.

 

Authorities have charged the teen, identified as Eric Johnson, with misdemeanor battery, obstruction of an officer and disrupting a public school.

According to an account in the Sylvania Telephone newspaper, the Aug. 5 incident began when a teacher asked the teen to return to his position in the lunch line after accusing him of cutting in front of other students.

The teenager was taken to the principal’s office where he refused to answer questions such as his age and who could pick him up from the school, the newspaper reported. Officials finally asked a Sylvania police officer to arrest the student and the teen resisted.

When the officer tried to handcuff him, he pulled away and tried to open the office door.

“He is very combative at this point and it is taking everything the four of us can do to get him on the floor and hold him there,” Director of Operations Williams Bland said in the report. Principal Brett Warren was bitten on his arm during the altercation.

“I was holding (his) body and I could see that (he) was trying to bite me and told him not to bite me,” Principal Warren said in his account. “Then he bit me on my left bicep.”

The principal received a tetanus shot the next day, the newspaper reported.

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