A college student from Clermont arrested in a fracas for bandana

CLERMONT, Florida. – A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday at a Lake County middle school on allegations he threw a bandana at the vice principal and resisted an officer, who used pepper spray on the boy.

The teenager, whom News 6 does not name due to his age, was arrested at Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont.

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According to an affidavit of arrest, the school‘s resource officer noticed the teenager with a red bandana dangling from his left front pocket, a possible sign of gang affiliation.

The officer asked the teenager to remove the bandana and asked a school administrator to take possession of it, according to the affidavit. The teen started fumbling with the bandana, so the officer told him to stop moving, but the teen moved away, officials said.

The vice principal told the teen to put the bandana back on, but the teen refused and began swearing while waving his arms in the air, according to the affidavit. The teenager then threw the bandana at the vice principal, hitting her in the stomach, officials said.

The affidavit said the teen “stormed” with the officer grabbing his arm, prompting the teen to “pull himself up” into a fighting stance.

The officer deployed pepper spray on the teenager, who was taken into custody, officials said.

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The boy faces felony and misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer without violence or disorderly conduct.

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Martha K. Merrill