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Student, 16, Accused of Assaulting Police Officer

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
December 14, 2021
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old student was charged with striking a police officer in connection with a Nov. 22 incident at McKeesport Area High School.

McKeesport police said officers responded just after 7 a.m. when callers reported a disturbance was in progress.

According to a police report, a staff member accused the student of using profanity and abusive language. When the staff member asked the student to leave the campus, the student did so, police said, but then attempted to re-enter the building.

When the school police officer asked the student to leave, McKeesport police said the student struck the officer in the face, and then fought with a staff member and a principal who attempted to intervene.

As the student was being escorted off campus, McKeesport police said, he allegedly spit in the face of a bystander.

The student is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on school employees, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Tube City Almanac does not identify juveniles accused of crimes unless they are charged as adults.

In a separate, unrelated incident, McKeesport police said a 15-year-old student was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in connection with a disturbance on a school bus on the afternoon of Nov. 5.

Police said school personnel monitoring behavior on a bus in the 3600 block of O’Neil Boulevard warned several students not to use profanity and to put away their cell phones.

McKeesport police said that one student who was asked to put away his phone refused, and when he was asked to get off the bus, he is accused of “squaring up” and taking a fighting stance with a staff member.

According to a McKeesport police report, school police were called and attempted to escort the student from the school bus. Police said the student is accused of striking a school police officer at least two times and shoving his head into the windshield of the bus, causing bruises and cuts.

Police said the student’s mother and the juvenile probation office were advised of the incident.

Originally published December 14, 2021.

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