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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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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 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 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 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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