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Eighth-grader arrested after shoving Hillsborough deputy on bus

TBO.com Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:48 AM

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An eighth-grade Greco Middle student was arrested Thursday after he pushed a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy, who broke his finger from the fall, the sheriff's office said.

Johndarios Wright, 15, of Tampa was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of resisting arrest with violence and disrupting a school function, the sheriff's office said.

At 4:30 p.m., sheriff's Deputy Troy Fallin noticed a school bus parked on the side of the road at Sewaha Road and 56th Street. The bus driver had pulled over the bus after several students had gotten into a fight on the bus over whether to keep a window or closed, the sheriff's office said.

Fallin walked on the bus to sort out the details. Two Temple Terrace police officers joined Fallin on the bus, the sheriff's office said.

Wright walked up to the officers and said he was going to leave. The officers told him to stay on the bus, the sheriff's office said.

Wright shoved Fallin, who fell backward onto the school bus dashboard, breaking his finger, the sheriff's office said.

The two Temple Terrace police officers tried to control Wright, but he fought back, punching and kicking the officers, the sheriff's office said.

Students, not wanting officers to get a hold of Wright, tried to pull Wright to the back of the bus. As the officers struggled to control Wright, the students taunted the officers with profanity, the sheriff's office said.

Wright was taken off the bus and arrested, the sheriff's office said. He was being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center, the sheriff's office said.

Temple Terrace police arrested four additional students on the bus and charged them with battery. The names and ages of the students were not released.

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