Joshua Morrison/News Multiple Knox County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a incident involving a student at East Knox High School this morning at approximately 8:15 a.m. According to Knox County 911 records, five deputies responded; four cruisers were parked at the school. Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District also responded to the scene. The school was not placed on lockdown and no one was transported to Knox Community Hospital, according to East Knox Superintendent Steve Larcomb. No further information was available at press time.

HOWARD — Five officers of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Wednesday morning at East Knox High School, where an 18-year-old student with autism spectrum disorder was charged with persisting in disorderly conduct, a fourth degree misdemeanor. The student was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail. According to the police report filed by school resource officer David Nally, the student’s parent was present during the arrest.

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer stated in an email that the student was “highly irate and being physical” with a police officer. Shaffer indicated that the reason so many officers came to the school was that there was a shift change occurring when the call for assistance went out, so extra officers were available.

Superintendent Steve Larcomb said that there were no injuries as a result of the incident, and the building did not go into lockdown. He also said most of the officers were there “just in case” and did not become actively involved.

First responders were also called to the school to evaluate the student’s health. No injuries or adverse health conditions were reported.


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