Trouble At Youngsville

Twelve specific incidents at Youngsville Elementary Middle School, all of which resulted in charges being filed, have been reported to the Times Observer since the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Of the 12, five have resulted in assault charges, in addition to three instances of disorderly conduct, two instances of harassment as well as one incident each of theft and threats.

“We have as many calls now as we had all of last year,” said Youngsville Police Chief Todd Mineweaser of incidents at YEMS.

The most recent assault occurred on Nov. 5 when police were called to the school on a report that “a 12-year-old male threw a chair in attempts to hit one of the YEMS staff members.” An assault in October resulted in a “staff member (who) was left with a bite mark and bruises on her arms.”

On Sept. 25, police and juvenile probation were called to the school regarding a 12-year-old female student who, according to police, “attempted to cut her electronic ankle monitor off with scissors. When officers attempted to restrain the juvenile, she began to fight and resist. She was very violent and aggressive toward the officers by kicking, biting, scratching, spitting and attempting to head-butt.”

The most recent incident reported occurred on Jan. 10 and resulted in disorderly conduct charges being filed. According to police, “a disruptive 13-year-old male student (was) yelling and using obscene language toward fellow students and staff, yelling into other classrooms and in the hallways. Police said it continued after he was told several times to stop.”