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Police: Defiant student assaults two officers and administrator at Merrimack Valley High School

A Merrimack Valley High School student spent last night at Merrimack County jail after the police said he caused a significant disruption in the school’s main hallway, assaulted two police officers, threatened to murder one and spit on a school administrator.

“This is simply an act of, basically, defiance with the school staff and a lack of compliance with the police officers,” Concord police Sgt. Cori Casey said.

Dylan Chenette, 17, of Boscawen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal threatening and five counts of simple assault, the police said. All are class A misdemeanors.

Chenette refused bail and was so disruptive, the police said, that they couldn’t take a booking photo.

“We always try to bring people to the station so they can be booked, processed, fingerprinted,” Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said. “He was in no condition to do that.”

Citing student confidentiality, Merrimack Valley School Superintendent Mike Martin declined to comment in detail but said the incident was out of the ordinary and limited to one student.

“We take all disciplinary matters very seriously,” Martin said.

Chenette’s family could not be reached for comment.

Casey said Chenette is enrolled at an area alternative school and attends only one class at Merrimack Valley High School.

Chenette was repeatedly using obscenities in the hallway around noon when school officials asked him to stop, the police said. Chenette declined, and the situation escalated.

As he was being escorted to the principal’s office, Chenette kicked and struck the school resource officer. Once he was in custody, Chenette threatened to “murder” the officer, the police said.

During the conflict, Chenette also spit on a school administrator.

A second Concord police officer arrived at the school to help with the arrest, officers said. Chenette kicked that officer while being escorted to the cruiser, officers said. The officers suffered bumps, bruises and abrasions, and Chenette was unharmed, the police said.

Chenette is scheduled to be arraigned at the district court in Concord this morning.

A full-time police officer is assigned to both Concord High School and Merrimack Valley, officers said, and yesterday’s incident is out of the ordinary, the police said. “Merrimack Valley is a relatively quiet school,” Casey said.

(Molly A.K. Connors can be reached at 369-3319 or mconnors@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @MAKConnors )

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