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Police: Concord High School student caught drinking during class

Danielle Curtis

Danielle Curtis

A Concord High School student caught drinking during class last week is now facing a string of charges after she became irate and assaulted two officers trying to detain her, according to the police.

A school administrator approached 17-year-old Jasmine Curtis about 11:30 a.m. May 21 when people in her cooking class became suspicious she was drinking alcohol, according to an arrest report. When Curtis refused to leave the classroom, the administrator called School Recourse Officer Mark Hassapes, who said in his report that Curtis began screaming obscenities at him and stormed out of the room.

Another officer was called to assist, and the two began chasing Curtis around the school grounds, according to the police. The officers attempted to pin her against the school’s front doors, but Curtis began to thrash and kick at them, the police said.

“She locked her arms in the front of her body and at one point I advised Officer (Scott) Fanjoy that we needed to take her to the ground in order to gain control of her,” Hassapes wrote in his report. “We escorted Jasmine to the ground and she became even more violent. Once on the ground she attempted to kick me in the groin, but I was able to block it with my right forearm.”

Hassapes threatened to use pepper spray on the teen, who was eventually handcuffed but continued to scream obscenities at the officers, according to the police. When Fanjoy attempted to take Curtis to the police station, she refused to walk at a consistent pace, speeding up and then lagging behind, the officer wrote in his report.

During the booking process, Curtis refused to give Fanjoy her name, telling him to look it up, according to the police. When Fanjoy then asked Curtis for her social security number, Curtis refused to provide the information and again told him to look it up, the police said.

The watch commander on duty at the time was called in to assist, but Curtis still refused to cooperate, Fanjoy said.

“Curtis then told the Watch Commander and I that she hopes our families die,” Fanjoy wrote in his report.

At that time, the officers decided Curtis was refusing to comply with the booking process and transported her to the Merrimack County jail. She was arraigned the next day.

“When the Watch Commander and I went to remove Curtis from the cell she continued to pull and walk fast and slow,” Fanjoy wrote in his report. “She also failed to follow our simple directions to face the wall in the elevator. . . . As the staff at the jail was going through (her) property, they found a couple of handcuff keys on her person and also inside her purse.”

According to the police, Curtis was carrying a bottle with an orange liquid inside during the incident. That liquid later tested positive for alcohol, the police said.

Curtis was charged with disorderly conduct, attempt to commit simple assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest or detention and unlawful possession of alcohol. She was also charged with default or breach of bail conditions. According to the police, on April 29, Curtis was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail related to a separate incident and ordered not to drink any alcohol.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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A 17 year old drinking at school? Sounds like a teen in need of help. Let's hope Ms. Curtis's behavior is a wake up call for those who care for her.

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