News 10. SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento police and school authorities are looking into what happened on the campus of a south Sacramento middle school after a 13-year-old autistic student was pepper-sprayed and arrested after allegedly attacking a police officer, according to school officials.
The incident started on the campus of Rosa Parks Middle School on 68th Avenue in south Sacramento around 2 p.m. Tuesday when the boy allegedly started a fight with another 13-year-old student, Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Gabe Ross said.
Ross said the boy continued to fight with school staff as they broke up the brawl. When the boy was taken to a private room to give a statement about the fight to a Sacramento police officer, Ross said the student became aggressive again, attacking the officer with a chair.
Fearing for his safety, the officer used pepper spray on the teen and arrested the boy on charges of felony assault, resisting arrest and vandalism, Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong said.
“It was a violent struggle. the suspect was aggressive and very confrontational,” said Leong.
During the altercation, Ross said the student smashed a glass window, opening a large cut on his hand. The boy was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our students,” Ross said. “We’re trying to gather as much information as we can to figure out what happened and to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
Wednesday evening, the student’s mother brought out her son’s clothes. She said the clothes were soaked in blood and pepper spray.
“He messed up. He messed up. He got in a fight. But that should not have happened,” said Belinda Torres.