Student arrested at Lawrence High School, accused of battery on law enforcement

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Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St., is pictured on July 28, 2016.

A student was arrested Tuesday morning at Lawrence High School on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer, police say.

Just before 9 a.m., school resource officers responded to a disturbance reported by school staff, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said via email Tuesday.

“A male student had gotten into an argument with another student, and removed an oversized thumbtack from a classroom bulletin board,” Compton wrote. “The student then left the classroom, and officers subsequently encountered him.”

The student disobeyed officers’ commands to put down the tack and refused their verbal attempts to deescalate the situation, Compton said. The officers then restrained the student, who continued to resist, Compton said.

The 18-year-old student was booked into the Douglas County Jail. No one was injured in the altercation, Compton said.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the student was being held without bond, according to the jail booking log.

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