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Boy, 11, charged in teacher attacks

UPI News Service, 09/30/2010 

Authorities in Florida said they arrested an 11-year-old boy who allegedly assaulted two school administrators while being questioned.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said Terrauce Jones, 11, was being questioned by Assistant Principal Harold Weaver about allegedly hitting another boy Tuesday at Merritt Brown Middle School in Bayou George when he became aggressive, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported Thursday.

Jones allegedly swung a binder at Weaver and the assistant principal was able to "deflect most of the impact, but was still struck," the sheriff's office said.

The boy left the office and was confronted by Principal Charlotte Marshall, who had heard the commotion, and he allegedly tried to kick the administrator and missed, investigators said.

Marshall said she was able to calm the boy down.

"We were trying to de-escalate the situation and at several points we were able to calm him down," she said. "At times he would calm down and listen to reason."

The principal said Jones seemed calm enough after about a half hour to have lunch but he once again became agitated while in the cafeteria and threw his drink and bottle at her, striking her in the chest.

The sheriff's office said Jones was charged with two felony counts of assault on a school official.

Marshall would not comment on what she believed led to Jones' outbursts.

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