In a major show of force, Boise Police made a massive “code three” response to Frank Church High School Friday during the lunch hour following an altercation between a teenaged student and a copper.
An honor student from another school who attends computer classes at the Boise School District tech center near Frank Church High on Victory Road also contacted the GUARDIAN to report, “”at least a dozen Boise Pd units with lights flashing responded to the school during the lunch hour Friday.” The student said the response included marked units, supervisors, and unmarked detective cars.
A video post on YOU TUBE showing a 17-year-old student at Frank Church High School being forcibly detained by Boise Police is burning up the internet and the big question seems to deal with confiscating phones rather than the police action.
In the video there is a teacher (or counselor) shown blocking a cell phone camera and saying, “You don’t need to video.”
Other reports on the AWAKENED CITIZEN website report student cell phones were confiscated and at least one phone was returned with the video erased.
UPDATE 4/28 1:30 p.m. (Clarification), supposedly it was school staff, not coppers who took phone cameras. We have a confirmation/denial request pending at Boise Schools. Coppers tell us the unruly teen was “a big kid” and all the officer could handle, hence he called on his radio for back up.
The GUARDIAN makes no judgement about the actions of the Boise copper(s), but we are concerned about the actions of school attempting to “put a lid” on the incident by blocking the video attempt of the student and–IF TRUE–confiscating cell phones. Even the police have no right to confiscate property without a warrant.
We were reluctant to post the story, especially after talking to several educators who said “Frank Church is always in a lock down mode. It’s an alternative school and a tough school.”
Despite the reputation of the facility, it appears there was some sort of incident and it got out of control. Such a massive police response for a single misbehaving student would seem inappropriate. If there were credible reports of weapons, or threats of violence, parents and the public should have been informed.
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