Students arrested at Bradenton charter school

ataylor@bradenton.comSeptember 22, 2011 

BRADENTON -- At least two students were arrested at Richard Milburn Academy this morning, according to school officials and Bradenton police.

The students’ names or the charges against them have not been released.

Bradenton Police spokesman Capt. Warren T. Merriman III said two “unruly youths” were arrested by Bradenton officers, and that the youths resisted arrest.

The ruckus at the charter school this morning led Richard Milburn officials to send all students home before noon.

Mike Barber, spokesman for the Manatee County School District, said details are sketchy about what took place this morning.

“Some students were going through a metal detector. Something was detected. My understanding is that arrests were made,” Barber said.

One students told the Bradenton Herald that students were asked to walk through metal detectors, which was the norm for the school at 6210 17th Ave. W. However, some out-of-the-ordinary-requests were made, one student said.

“They made us take off our jewelry and our shoes,” Linda Tackett, 17, said.

Alonda Ward, 18, said there were about six different officers at the school this morning. Students witnessed one of their peers in handcuffs on the floor.

“This is not the first time we’ve had incidents with police at our school,” Tackett said. “They didn’t give us a reason. They told us to go home for security reasons.”

By 12:05 p.m., only a few cars were in the school’s parking lot. School administrators at the charter school were not available for comment or at the school’s corporate Virginia site.

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