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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:34 PM

Student steals teacher’s keys, locks self in car

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer

POMONA — A disruptive student apparently had to be removed from school Wednesday after stealing a teacher’s car keys. 

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies removed a male Appanoose Elementary School student Wednesday morning after he stole the keys to a teacher’s vehicle and locked himself in the car. It is unknown how the student, who was not identified because he is a minor, gained access to the teacher’s keys, Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin district superintendent, said Wednesday.

“There is particular procedure in place for this student. That procedure was followed and unfortunately the teacher in that process didn’t realize that she had left her keys where the child could get them,” Bradbury said.

The elementary school’s principal, Cathy Brandt, deferred comment about the incident to the district’s superintendent. 

Order was maintained and no other students were involved in the incident, Bradbury said. It is not likely, he said, that other students even knew the incident occurred at the school’s 600 Shawnee Road location, north of Pomona. Deputies were dispatched to assist staff with the student.

“They were called out as soon as it became evident that the student was not going to be de-escalated,” Bradbury said. “So they were called for assistance, and we appreciate that.” 

The student was not able to leave school grounds or move the car, Bradbury said. The superintendent confirmed some personal property in the vehicle was damaged, but the vehicle itself was not.  

Bradbury would not comment on whether the student would face disciplinary action. 

“What I can say is there was a disruptive student and law enforcement was called out,” he said. 

Sheriff’s deputies previously were called to the rural elementary school in October for an unruly student who discharged a fire extinguisher in the school’s hallway, prompting a school evacuation. That student also was taken off campus by sheriff’s deputies.

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