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Teen swings at Fargo teacher

A 15-year-old faces juvenile court charges after he assaulted a teacher and a police officer who tried to restrain the boy, Fargo police said. The boy swung at the teacher and school resource officer Grant Benjamin after fighting with another stu...

A 15-year-old faces juvenile court charges after he assaulted a teacher and a police officer who tried to restrain the boy, Fargo police said.

The boy swung at the teacher and school resource officer Grant Benjamin after fighting with another student Wednesday at Discovery Junior High, Sgt. Jeff Skuza said.

The incident was part of a busy day for Benjamin, who works at the school of more than 1,000 eighth- and ninth-graders for the Fargo police.

One student got in trouble when he tossed a burning piece of paper near expensive computer equipment. Another caught Benjamin's attention for what the police dispatch log called "terrorizing/willful disruption."

Benjamin and Principal Linda Davis wouldn't describe the latter incident because it is being investigated.

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The police log showed another call Wednesday at Discovery for a "disturbance/assault," but Benjamin said he didn't have any information on that incident.

The arrival of warmer temperatures and a stretch of uneventful days in past weeks had school officials expecting activity to pick up, Benjamin said.

"We all knew it was coming," he said. "We just didn't know it was going to be hitting so much on one day."

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