Police: Pontiac High student taken into custody in assault of school officer

Candice Williams
The Detroit News
Pontiac High School

A 17-year-old student was taken into custody Monday after police said he assaulted an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy who was working as school resource officer at Pontiac High School.

The deputy had a fractured hand, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident started around 12:33 p.m. Monday when a teacher reported to the deputy that there were two students in her classroom who were not supposed to be there.

While the teacher was notifying the deputy, officials said a student shut and locked the classroom door. After a student let the deputy into the classroom, the deputy asked who was responsible for slamming the door. A student said it was an accident. The deputy asked the student to step into the hallway to talk.

“Once in the hallway, the student was identified by the teacher as the same student who was not authorized to be in this classroom,” the sheriff’s department said in a report. “While speaking with the student, the student became disorderly and belligerent towards the deputy, yelling at him to ‘Get out of my face,’ and then punched the deputy in the chest.”

Officials said the deputy told the student that he was under arrest and attempted to take him into custody. The student allegedly resisted arrest, hit the deputy in the shoulder and grabbed his shirt collar.

The deputy gained control of the student with the help of a teacher and two security guards.

The student was taken to the Oakland County Jail pending criminal charges.