SPRING HILL — An 11-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday at Deltona Elementary School for knocking over chairs and destroying several items during a classroom rampage.
The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, faces a felony charge of obstructing a firefighter and misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of school personnel and disrupting a school. He was booked into the Hernando County Jail on Tuesday morning and later released to his mother.
According to the arrest report, the boy refused to sit down after his teacher told him to complete some classwork, then picked up a chair and threw it at a window. As other students rushed out of the classroom, the boy allegedly knocked over more desks and threw one at the teacher.
The teacher left the room but stood outside the door until an administrator arrived, the report said. During that time, the boy allegedly ripped up other students' work; pulled the pin on a fire extinguisher, making it discharge; banged chairs into the door several times and called the teacher a vulgar name; and tried to destroy the teacher's computer and keyboard.
The teacher and school administrator told Hernando deputies it wasn't the first time the boy had destroyed a classroom but it was the first time the Sheriff's Office was called to intervene. The boy's mother later told deputies the boy has had behavior problems over the past year.