Police called to TMIS
Local law enforcement was called to Treasure Mountain International School (TMIS) Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. The encounter, according to Rick Ryan, Park City police captain, transpired as follows. A 13 year old student in in-school-suspension (ISS) was making repeated requests to use the restroom. The female ISS teacher told the student he had to wait until a male faculty member could escort him to the restroom.
After further pleading, the female teacher relented, and released the student to use the bathroom. While waiting for the student outside, she overheard what appeared to be a cell phone conversation. Use of cell phones is prohibited at TMIS. She asked a male teacher and the principal, Bob O’Connor to enter the restroom to see what was going on. The student tucked the cell phone in his shoe. When the male teacher and O’Connor reached for the cell phone, they noticed a bulge in the students other sock.
When the faculty attempted to ascertain what was in the other sock, the student allegedly swung at both the principal and the teacher, then pushed through and ran. Police officers had arrived at the scene by this point and attempted to catch the student in a foot pursuit. The student tossed something under a parked car, which was later discovered to be marijuana.
The student has been referred to juvenile court on the following charges: assault of a school employee, failure to stop on foot for a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance: marijuana which is enhanced because it was on school property, and disorderly conduct, according to Ryan.
O’Connor explained that his school adheres to a safe-schools policy, which is a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy. O’Connor said that if a student commits an offense, the safe schools policy outlines the procedure for determining the severity of the consequence. O’Connor declined to comment on the incident.
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