A 17-year-old Lawrence youth was detained by police Tuesday after he fought with a police officer who was escorting him from Lawrence High School.
Reports indicate that the youth, who was not an LHS student, was first asked to leave the building about 12:30 p.m. by Mike Browning, the assistant principal. When he refused, Lawrence Police Officer Mike Barrow, the school resource officer, was called to assist.
A police representative said the youth was then told that if he didn't leave the building, he would be arrested for criminal trespass.
After arguing with the men, the youth began walking out of the building. When he reached the main hall, he turned around and struck Barrow in the left temple, the representative said.
Barrow then struck the youth to stop his attack, forced him to the floor and handcuffed him.
Both Barrow and the youth refused medical treatment.
The youth was taken to the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in connection with battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal trespass, obstruction of the legal process and possession of drug paraphernalia.