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November 03, 2011  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

9-year-old throws asphalt at bus, chair at deputy


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FORT MEYERS, Fla. — A 9-year-old student was arrested after she spat on staff members on a school bus, threw pieces of broken asphalt at the bus and tossed a chair at a deputy responding to the incident.

Police were contacted after Amber Dawn Harris spat on the staff members and became aggressive on the bus. Harris exited the bus at an intersection and began to pick up large pieces of asphalt.

The deputy responding to the scene witnessed Harris throwing the asphalt. One piece struck the windshield where the driver was sitting.

Upon seeing the deputy, Harris began walking away from the scene. The deputy followed; Harris walked into a nearby yard and picked up a metal chair, which she threw, hitting the deputy.

The deputy informed Harris she was under arrest. Harris resisted by kicking and attempting to push the deputy. She was taken into custody; no one was injured. Detectives with Youth Services and the Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene to investigate.

Harris was booked on felony charges of battery on a public school employee, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting with violence.


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I drive in Seaford School District (Delaware). When I heard about the story I turned the external speakers on so the other drivers could hear it as well. All of our jaws dropped and we all agreed that the parents should be in as much trouble as the girl was.

Dwain    |    Nov 05, 2011 05:31 AM

Sounds like this student has a lot going on and is holding it in. The big question that the school should investigate as well as police is what is going on in this little girl's life outside of school or maybe even in school? Is there domestic violence/child abuse going on? Is there bullying going on? A 9 year old does not just snap like this, this was probably building up for some time. Hope this county has some dedicated youth workers that can get to the root of the problem and help this little girl heal.

Mary    |    Nov 04, 2011 07:07 PM

In the days of my youth, this child would have been dragged by her ears into the principal's office, who would have administered a paddling to be heard down the halls of the school in every classroom as a reminder to the rest of us. The "Major Crimes Unit" responded? Good Lord. No wonder our world is where it is.

John    |    Nov 04, 2011 06:39 AM

If the child has a medical reason to behave the way she did then she needs medical help. If she acted that way because she was a brat then arrest the parents too. They failed the child by letting the behavior continue. In todays society the parents are expecting the schools to raise the kids, all they feel responsible for is the material things. I have seen quite a bit in my 28 years in transportation. I love it when the parent calls and say's "what are you people teaching my kids? They shouldn't be acting this way!" Or you can show them a video of their child doing something on the bus and she says " my child does not behave that way, it has to be somebody put him up to it...Somethings got to give.

Jack    |    Nov 04, 2011 04:11 AM

It's sad that kids act like this and even more sad she had to be arrested....a freaking 9 YEAR OLD!!

Amathias    |    Nov 03, 2011 05:35 PM

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