Police called to Painted Stone in altercation

-A A +A
By Lisa King


No one was injured in an altercation between an elementary school student and a teacher at Painted Stone Elementary School Monday.

Police were called to the school at 11:30 a.m. Monday to respond to the incident, said Shelbyville Police Maj. Istvan Kovacs.

He said he did not know the nature of the disturbance.

Shelby County School Superintendent James Neihof said that the child involved was not taken to the hospital.

"To my understanding, this child was not transported," he said.

Neihof said the incident was not really an altercation.

"There is a child who is enrolled there that has witnessed some traumatic experiences outside of school, and as a result of that, is struggling with his behavior at school," he said. "Law enforcement happened to be there for another routine matter and actually ended up getting involved and providing assistance.

The 911 transcripts for the incident say a call came into the 911 dispatch at 11 a.m. from a teacher who advised that an out-of-control student was striking him. The teacher told dispatch that the student’s grandmother had already been called and was there. School officials told dispatchers to send EMS “to strap the student down.”

Said Neihof: “Law enforcement called it a medical issue, not a behavioral issue.