MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Two police officers were injured while attempting to remove a child from Jefferson Middle School in Madison on Wednesday morning.
Joel DeSpain, a spokesperson with the Madison Police Department, said school staff had called for police around 11:15 a.m. after a student, who was supposed to be suspended, came to school and battered one classmate and threatened another with a fire extinguisher. She was also being loud and threatening others with violence. School staff did all they could, but the child remained disruptive and refused to leave the property.
DeSpain said officers, school staff, and a family member spent a good deal of time trying to de-escalate the situation, calm the student, and provide options for leaving. The plan was to issue her citations and provide her the opportunity for restorative justice. This failed when the student fought with officers and struck one in the mouth. She also kicked the officers. One officer was treated for whiplash and shoulder injuries. The other officer suffered a split lip and abrasions.
Dr. Tequila Kurth, principal at Jefferson Middle School sent out an email on Wednesday evening to all middle school families. In the email, Kurth said school staff attempted to calm the student and bring the situation under control as quickly as possible. However, the situation escalated. The school requested additional support from Madison Police.
The 12-year-old girl was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges of substantial battery to law enforcement officer, battery to law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, trespass, and resisting/obstructing.