Grand jury indicts Ballard High School student on multiple counts of assault
A Ballard High School student has been indicted on three counts of assault and one count of terroristic threatening after authorities say he assaulted multiple staff members at the school.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Ballard High School student has been indicted on three counts of assault and one count of terroristic threatening after authorities say he assaulted multiple staff members at the school.
A Jefferson County grand jury issued the indictments against 18-year-old Frederick Louis Scott on March 17.
According to an arrest warrant, the incident in question happened Feb. 17, just after 12:30 p.m. at Ballard High School on the corner of Brownsboro Road and Herr Lane. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Scott, a student in the school, got into a fight with another student in the school cafeteria.
Two school security monitors and a teacher intervened to separate the two students, and took Scott out of the cafeteria area. That's when, authorities say, Scott began to push, punch, shove and scratch the school officials.
According to the arrest warrant, Scott was repeatedly told to stop, but "continued to fight until overwhelmed by school personnel." His actions "caused alarm to students and staff and undermine the good order of the school," according to the arrest warrant.
One of the school security monitors sustained a cut on his lip, facial bruising and scratches that required medical attention. The other security monitor suffered a swollen right jaw and scratches. The teacher who intervened sustained possible ligament damage to his right wrist, hand and index finger, after Scott allegedly twisted his hand deliberately.
John Stovall is president of Teamsters Local Union 783 that represents JCPS bus drivers and security guards.
"We've had security guards be physically assaulted, we've had them get punched, we've had them get spit on, we've had them get kicked, stuff like that," Stovall said. "It doesn't happen at every school, but it happens often."
A warrant was issued for Scott's arrest on Friday, Feb. 26. He was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with three counts of third degree assault against a school employee or school volunteer, one count of abuse of a teacher, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of terroristic threatening.
Stovall questions why JCPS doesn't crack down on discipline with stiffer penalties.
"The kids are never held accountable for their actions," Stovall said. "A 2-day suspension -- a lot of times that's a vacation for them
Scott has since been placed on home incarceration, according to online records.
A Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman was contacted about the incident, but would not comment on the discipline Scott received from the school.
The grand jury indictment clears the way for prosecutors to take the case to trial.
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