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Lawyer: Concord High student charged in alcohol incident suspended by district

Danielle Curtis

Danielle Curtis

The Concord teen charged with assaulting two officers who confronted her about drinking alcohol during class has been ordered to stay off Facebook after the police said she posted her arrest report online and accused several staff members and students of snitching on her.

Jasmine Curtis was placed on suspension by Concord High School following her May 21 arrest, her lawyer said. At a bail hearing yesterday at Concord’s district court, 17-year-old Curtis was ordered to not go within 100 yards of school district property unless attending a scheduled meeting related to her academic standing.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said prosecutors called the bail hearing after the police saw Curtis had posted her arrest report, which listed two teachers and one student as witnesses, on Facebook. O’Malley said that after a person commented on the picture and asked what it was, Curtis responded: “People who ratted on me.”

The post has since been removed, O’Malley said.

He said the police considered filing criminal charges but decided the conduct did not constitute witness tampering.

“But it was something that we wanted to address,” O’Malley said. “That’s why the prosecutors wanted to at least address that in a bail hearing so there would be no further problems along those lines.”

According to a police report, a school administrator approached Curtis in her cooking class about 11:30 a.m. May 21 after being notified that she was drinking alcohol during school. Curtis refused to leave class, then stormed out of the room and began screaming obscenities when the school resource officer arrived, the police said.

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 doors, but Curtis began to thrash and kick at them until the officers brought her to the ground and handcuffed her, the police said.

According to the police, the orange liquid Curtis had been carrying in a water bottle later tested positive for alcohol.

Curtis was released on $8,000 personal recognizance bail.

Under the new bail conditions set yesterday, she is not allowed to attend school events including sports games or graduation. She can’t post or update any page on Facebook or have any contact with the three people the police said she accused of snitching on her, either in person or through social media.

Curtis is facing charges of disorderly conduct, attempt to commit simple assault, unlawful possession of alcohol and two counts each of simple assault and resisting arrest or detention. She was also charged with default or breach of bail conditions after being ordered by a judge April 29 to not consume alcohol.

That bail condition was put in place after Curtis was arrested April 13. She was charged with resisting arrest or detention and simple assault after the police said she spit on an officer who was attempting to detain her.

A school official declined to comment yesterday on Curtis’s standing with the district, citing federal privacy laws.

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

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