Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Boy, 15, jailed in assault on Hillsborough deputy

TEMPLE TERRACE — An eighth-grade boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after he shoved a deputy on a school bus, causing the deputy to fall and break his finger, authorities said.

The incident started about 4:30 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which gave this account:

Deputy Troy Fallin noticed a county school bus stopped at Sewaha Road and 56th Street. The driver had pulled over after a fight broke out between several students over whether to keep a window open. Two Temple Terrace officers also pulled over, and the three boarded the bus.

A 15-year-old student at Greco Middle approached Fallin and the officers and said he wanted to leave.

They ordered the teen to stay, but he shoved Fallin, 42, who fell onto the dashboard and windshield.

The officers tried to control the teen but he fought back. Other students taunted the officers with profanity.

Temple Terrace police arrested the 15-year-old on one charge of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of resisting arrest with violence and disrupting school function. He was taken to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center, where he was held Thursday night.

Police also arrested four other students on charges of battery.

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