Two students arrested at Milburn Academy in Bradenton

ataylor@bradenton.comSeptember 23, 2011 

BRADENTON -- Two students were arrested Thursday morning at Richard Milburn Academy on charges of disrupting or interfering with a school administration function.

Kerson Edmond, 18, and a juvenile were being held on misdemeanor charges, according to police.

Their arrests caused a ruckus at the charter school, where students say as many as five officers came to the site. Milburn officials sent all of their 249 students home at around 10:30 a.m. Many of the students, who are from 17 to 20 years old, didn’t have immediate transportation back to their homes. But the campus was cleared of students by noon.

“They didn’t give us a reason. They told us to go home for security reasons,” said student Linda Tackett, 17.

Bradenton Police Capt. Warren T. Merriman III said the two suspects were “unruly” and resisted arrest.

Edmond was taken to the Manatee County jail, and the juvenile was taken to the assessment center.

Officer Phillip Waller was at Milburn on Thursday morning, hired as an off-duty officer for security at the school. He was on site to conduct one of the school’s daily tasks: filing students through a metal detector.

Waller said the underage student who was later arrested went through the metal detector, but was then spotted by a faculty member outside of the school.

The student then circumvented a second walk-through of the metal detector, Waller said. When Waller told the student to leave, he refused. Waller arrested him.

Edmond saw his friend in handcuffs in the security office, banged on the window, then gestured obscenely and cursed at the officer, Waller reported. He was arrested after refusing to return to class.

-- Herald staff writer Lee Williams contributed to this report.

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