Andover Township police received a report of an altercation at the Willowglen Academy, a facility which provides 24-hour care for approximately 40 emotionally disturbed youths. When police officers arrived at the school, they found staff members trying to settle down the students and quell a fight between six female students.
The officers tried to assist the teachers and help maintain control. At one point, an officer told the suspect that she would be placed under arrest if she did not calm down. At that point, the suspect allegedly “became unruly” and tossed a DVD player at the officer. The officer suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.
Police officers immediately took the suspect into custody and placed her under arrest.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, New Jersey. She is being held at the facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.
This was actually the third time in just one weekend that police had to be called to the Willowglen Academy to help maintain control over fights among students. Another student was charged with disorderly conduct for failing to disperse when officers arrived at the scene. Additionally, two students at the facility received juvenile complaints for their involvement in a fight.
The Andover Township Police Department is working with the Willowglen Academy management and staff to make sure that the fights do not continue in the future.
For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Teen Threw DVD Player at Cop Trying to Break Up Fight, Andover Police Say.”