Girl at Portola, 13, Arrested for Alleged Battery

A 13-year-old female student at Portola Middle School was arrested last week for alleged battery on a male student, who was taken to a local hospital after he fell and struck his head, police said. He did not suffer serious injury, police said.

A 13-year-old girl at Portola Middle School was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 24, for alleged battery on a male student who was taken to a hospital after he fell and struck his head, El Cerrito police said.

The incident happened at the school, and the boy was not seriously injured, said Sgt. David Wentworth. The girl, a Richmond resident, was released to her parents after being arrested, he said.

The incident was reported at 11:04 a.m., according to crimereports.com.


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Eric Bordax October 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
But clearly it's safe to remove school safety officers from the WCCUSD.
Giorgio C. October 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Kids will always get into trouble and fights. At what point is a sworn officer of the law needed? In my high school, we had yard supervisors who kept the peace. They were very capable. Our local PD used to periodically check in, sometimes on bicycle, and talk with the kids. That sufficed. In middle school, a kid with very fast fists busted my face up, including a broken nose. It was as violent of a beating as I had ever received. And there were the bullies who spit on me, pulled my hair, and knocked the wind out of my stomach. One aggressive kid at this same middle school, rumored to have been high on something, jumped on me and broke my humerus. My dad told me to take a baseball bat to school, but I declined. At some point, I learned to hold my own. For me, a proud moment was showing up at at the front door of one of the bullies, now able to clean his clock. As strange as this may sound, I accepted this as part of growing up. I believe the middle school I attended did a TERRIBLE job of supervising and addressing bullying, but I do not believe sworn law officers were needed for the simple reason that there was no weapons-gang element. Fast forward to my teaching experience at a WCCUSD high school that has gangs and guns. No doubt officers of the law are needed there. Such decisions should be made on a school-by-school basis with an accompanying risk assessment. What does a current risk assessment data of Portola tell us?
Kathy A. October 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
giorgio -- the beatings you received at school are not acceptable. IT IS NOT OK TO BEAT OTHER KIDS UP, even if there are no gangs or weapons involved. this story does not say whether or not a police officer was at the school when this happened. it says the girl was arrested, and the victim was taken to the hospital after falling and hitting his head. it is NOT a story about whether or not to have officers at portola. i don't know exactly what happened, and either do you -- but as a parent, i'd be pretty upset if my kid was attacked and ended up with a head injury. that IS battery, a criminal offense. i'm not saying what should happen to the kid who was arrested -- i'm in favor of finding out what went wrong, and trying to help that kid, because a person can't just go around attacking other people.
Giorgio C. October 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Kathy, I need to clarify. I wanted the bullying addressed--zero tolerance. I wanted these kids disciplined and kept off of the campus if necessary. Does it take an onsite law officer to make this happen? Because the school failed to provide proper supervision, is the only other option law enforcement? I believe a competent administration and yard supervisor at my middle school could have addressed much of this. I cannot speak for Portola, hence my request for a risk assessment. One problem with the WCCUSD is that often, their disciplinary policies are so lenient, that these schools could resemble what I encountered in my own middle school. We need an administration that will make unpopular decisions with respect to how these offenders are being disciplined. I am concerned that the use of law officers is sometimes the solution used because the other alternatives are too much of a political hot potato.
Trish McDermott October 30, 2012 at 04:54 AM
It was not a fight-it was horseplay between a girl and a boy(she grabbed his hood) and unfortunately the boy fell. Portola is a safe place and kids are doing great.
Giorgio C. October 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If this was the usual innocent horseplay that you find in any school on any given day, then I am very concerned that it resulted in an arrest and that it has been listed in the "crime reports." The real "crime" might be how this was handled.
evilincarKnit November 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
there is always a police officer assigned to every middle school and high school - they are our 'school resource officers'. although this was an unacceptable level of roughhousing by the girl who yanked the boy's hoodie as he was running past, i don't believe this should be taken to the criminal justice system. i have a child at portola and feel it is a safe place and that the culture of accomplishment and respect is growing each year. also, props to the principal for having a call go home to alert parents the same day the incident happened. there will always be kids who push acceptable boundaries no matter what school they are in.
Paul January 24, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I agree that an injury that results from roughhousing shouldn't be taken to the criminal justice system. My concern is that WCCUSD is incapable of dealing effectively with behavioral issues. It may be a lack of school staff and resources and that it's just easier to have the police take care of it. My child goes to Portola and I think it's a safe place and that the principal has done a great job over the past two years, but the biggest complaint I hear from my child is that some teachers don't have control of their classes and that obviously interferes with learning. Either these teachers don't have the skills necessary to create a good learning environment and/or the District doesn't have an effective discipline/behavioral policy.


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