A sophomore at Daniel Boone High School was taken to an area hospital Tuesday after becoming violent and having to be restrained by school resource officers.
“We had a 10th-grader at Daniel Boone that began acting out in a erratic manner, and he was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital,” Washington County director of attendance James Murphy said Wednesday.
Initial reports indicated the student had been taken to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, but Murphy said the teenage boy may have been taken to Johnson City Medical Center.
Murphy said the incident began in the commons area just before lunch.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Rupe said Tuesday the student had to be restrained by handcuffs.
Rupe said the student was conscious when he was taken to the hospital.
Initially, there was no reason given for the student’s behavior.
While school officials were still unsure of what caused the student to act out, Murphy said there was some suspicion that the student may have been under the influence of something.
“We really won’t know until we can talk to the child. There was a suspicion that he had taken the bath salts, but I’m not sure where that came from. Of course, until we talk to the child, we really won’t know. There’s no witnesses that say they saw him take anything,” Murphy said.
The student’s name and condition has not been released.
No other students were harmed during the incident, according to Murphy.
In an unrelated incident, Murphy said a 16-year-old girl, who was also a student at Daniel Boone, died during her sleep Tuesday at home before school began.
The girl appeared to have suffered from a cardiac incident, Murphy said.