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April 24, 2008

Student in Wheechair Faces Assault Charges for Running Over Classmate's Toe

Topics: National News

My first thought on seeing this was that it was a joke. It's not ....

A high school student who uses an electric wheelchair faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly running over the toe of another student at school.

Joshua Martinez told television station KDVR-TV Wednesday that he received a summons alleging assault, battery, and reckless endangerment for the incident at Rangeview View High School in the suburb east of Denver.

Martinez said he does not remember the incident. Aurora police could not immediately provide additional information. A spokeswoman for Aurora Public Schools said she could not comment, citing student privacy.

A police report obtained by the station quotes a school resource officer as saying Martinez sometimes had been reckless in operating his electric wheelchair, zipping around corners without slowing.

Martinez told the station he uses the wheelchair, which resembles a mobility scooter, because of a form of cerebral palsy. He said does not go around purposely running over people.

"Three misdemeanor charges for allegedly running over the toe of another student" seems to me to be a bit over the top. What are those people out in Aurora, Colorado smoking these days?

Posted by Richard at April 24, 2008 9:52 AM

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