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Officer maced at Ballou High School

A student sprayed a D.C police officer with mace and a security guard was bitten during an altercation with a student Thursday morning at Ballou High School in Southeast.

The incident happened at 9:30 a.m. when a Ballou student with warrants out for his arrest arrived at the school's main student entrance, according to Lt. Renato Caldwell of the D.C. police school safety division.

A police officer tried to arrest the student as he walked through a magnetometer, and the student fought back.

Police believe the student sprayed mace, Caldwell said, though they were not sure if it was the student's own. The student also bit a school security officer on the arm. The student and the police officer were taken to a hospital and treated for mace exposure; the security officer was treated for the bite.

The student, who Caldwell said was wanted for a probation violation in Virginia and another charge he did not disclose, would be charged with assaulting a police officer "and some other charges." The incident is still under investigation, he said.

About a dozen police cars were parked outside of the school at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

The incident appeared to have taken place at a secondary entrance to the school, behind a set of sturdy blue doors.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Matt Zapotosky, Bill Turque and Michael Birnbaum

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Hope the 'student' gets a very harsh sentence.Spraying mace at an officer in a school with other students present is inexcusable conduct!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 7, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This kid is behaving like a feral animal. What kind of an environment and upbringing can change a human into a wild being?

Posted by: prayforsnowDC | October 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to be taken behind the woodshed.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 7, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

These are the little darlings whose "right" to mess it up for everyone else at Gallery Place are being "protected" by little Dave "kill the mosquito" Moss.

Posted by: ceefer66 | October 7, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama is wrong for not sending his kids to DC public schools. He is such a snob.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Give that kid an "A" for effort! Police are often rude, abusive and they over step the bounds of the constitution on a regular basis when dealing wtih certain members of the public...

Posted by: sarjo220 | October 7, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Boys in da Hood !!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | October 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

May I ask why the young man was arrested inside the school? Could that not have put other students in danger?

Posted by: deliriousindc | October 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

sarjo220: What a stupid statement!

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 7, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

May I ask why the young man was arrested inside the school? Could that not have put other students in danger?

Posted by: deliriousindc


Because he could not be lo0cated at any type of stable address and the school was the best place to find him. How does that put other students in danger? There are arrests all day long in DC schools. You are reading about this one because the officer was sprayed.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

gpl2411, are you a dirty cop? Sounds like it. Casting an insult and while you hide your identity. ... In your face with some peppered mace.

Posted by: sarjo220 | October 7, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

sarjo220 - you are a moron. A true poster child for birth control is ever I saw one! Go back to your probation officer and get off the computer, puke!

Posted by: madmike272 | October 7, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

LOL what a pair, attacking a police officer after you try to boldly saunter into a school where obviously they don't want you.

classic case of a kid needing a wood shampoo.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

sarjo220: If I was you would know it. And again, what a stupid statement.

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Keepin' it real in da hood! The cop should have used a taser to subdue the homie

Posted by: veloboldie1 | October 8, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

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