North student detained after alleged battery

Police: 17-year-old accused of hitting another student, fled classroom, grabbed scissors

Police detained a 17-year-old female student at Columbus North High School after she was accused of striking another student several times and then fleeing the classroom.

Larry Perkinson, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. employee and student assistance director, said the incident happened around noon Friday at the high school.

After hitting the classmate, the female student left the classroom, ran through the North hallways while refusing direction, circled back to the class and then grabbed scissors there, he said.

Adults directed the students in the classroom to leave the classroom, but the female student told them not to leave, Perkinson said.

Within minutes, a school resource officer and other staff members regained control of the situation and students were moved to another classroom, he said. No injuries were reported.

The female student was detained by the Columbus Police Department and taken to the local juvenile services center.

She is being detained on allegations of battery, criminal confinement, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The incident is the second in one week involving North students and law enforcement.

On Tuesday, a North freshman was suspended after being accused of bringing an Airsoft pellet handgun to school, Perkinson said in an earlier interview. The teen had posted a photo of the pellet gun on Snapchat just as the bell rang Tuesday for the 7:45 a.m. first period at the school, he said.

Multiple North students reported the Snapchat photo to teachers and staff, Perkinson said. The student was taken to the office and later was removed from the school building, he said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.