Crime

A 15-Year-Old Was Arrested Today for Disrupting the STAAR Test

Village Fair is Dallas ISD's alternative school, where the district sends those students deemed too disruptive or unruly to function in mainstream classrooms. That it experiences its share of discipline problems is a given. But even there, the iron rule of Texas education applies: Don't mess with the STAAR test.

Police drove the message home this morning when they arrested a 15-year-old girl for doing just that. According to a police report, the girl was in detention when, at about 10:20 a.m., she demanded to leave. The teacher refused and told the girl to cut it out. When she didn't, the teacher radioed for help.

A teaching assistant arrived and led the girl into the hall. The girl then stopped, refusing to budge. "I ain't going no-fucking-where," she yelled. "Call security."

Hurling obscenities down a school hallway is always grounds for punishment, even more so when other students are taking a standardized test. A Dallas police officer was in the building and arrived to take the girl away

"[Her] behavior was disturbing other students that were testing," the officer wrote in a report. "[She] had to be immediately removed from the area to prevent any further disturbance interfering with the state required test."

She was taken to Dallas County's juvenile detention center and charged with disrupting a school activity, a misdemeanor that carries with it a possible $500 fine.

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Eric Nicholson
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