August 31, 2014

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Teen facing charges after lunging at elementary school students

WESTLAKE – A 17-year-old was seen lunging at children on their way to Hilliard Elementary School on Thursday morning.

The teenager was taken into custody around 11 a.m. at his home in Westlake after Hilliard Elementary School students said he approached them on their way to school.

Around 8 a.m., four students told a crossing guard near their school that the teenager had approach them only a block from the school. Three of the students said the 17-year-old lunged at them as they walked and biked past him. A fourth student said he tried to topple over his bike. The four students were unharmed and the teenager had left the area shortly after the incident.

Members of the Westlake Police Department recognized the teenager as a former student of the school and took him into custody a few hours later, according to Westlake Police.

The teenager could face charges of disorderly conduct, attempted assault and inducing panic.

Superintendent Dan Keenan said the aftermath of the incident is indicative of how quickly the school district works to inform the public.

Keenan explained that the school district utilizes a system called “Blackboard Connect” – which has names and phone numbers of all students’ parents – to alert the community about any incidents immediately after they occur.

“We take (cases like this) very seriously,” Keenan said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Tom

    wow, charges brought on a 17 year old after he lunges at students? what’s next? no tag at recess?

    • luvmytoaster

      What an ignorant comment in this day and age…..
      I’m betting that you were just like him at that age – a BULLY!

      • Tom

        so you want to bring criminal charges on this kid and possibly ruin his life because of the body language he used on some kids? give me a break! put him in prison if he flips the bird too!

        • luvmytoaster

          If this story turns out to be true then he is plenty old enough to understand the consequences. We are all responsible for our own actions, shame on him for trying to scare little kids.
          Also I didn’t say anything about criminal charges, I have no idea how (if it is warranted) they may decide to punish him.

  • hottamomma

    i wonder if the elementary school students were to lunge at me or the 17yr would they have been charged?