iStock(CHICAGO) — A violent and “disturbing” confrontation between a female high school student and two Chicago police officers caught on cellphone video at a city school has resulted in felony charges for her and the reassignment of both officers.The 16-year-old student allegedly got into a confrontation with the assistant principal at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Tuesday morning. She was asked to leave the school after she apparently began flipping over desks in a classroom, according to her father, who spoke to Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.He didn’t dispute his daughter has had behavioral issues at school, and said a teacher reprimanded her for using her cellphone in class, leading to the argument with the assistant principal.The teen’s father, Laurentio Howard, was called to pick his daughter up from school and filmed the incident between the girl and the officers.Chicago police said the teen began fighting with the two officers — one male and one female — who were escorting her from the building. The officers, who were not named and only identified as Officer #1 and Officer #2 in a narrative provided by police, were allegedly bit and kicked by the student. While biting Officer #1, the two fell down a flight of stairs, police said.Even at the bottom of the stairs, she continued to lash out at the officers, kicking and flailing her arms. The video shot by her father picks up after the two tumbled down the stairs and she can be seen kicking the officers.Students in the video can be heard shouting, “Don’t Tase her,” as one of the officers pulls out a Taser.Not mentioned in the account given by Chicago police, but clearly visible in the video, is a large male officer taking a swing at the student as she was lying on the ground.The officers both deployed their Tasers and the teen was taken into custody, police said. Only one of the officers can be seen using his Taser before the confrontation moves out of view of the camera.Howard told WLS-TV that the male officer had his knee in his daughter’s back and the female officer repeatedly punched her.Both police officers were taken to University of Illinois Hospital, while the student was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. All were treated for minor injuries.“The officers are currently on medical leave, and they will be reassigned to different duties within the District as COPA and the CPD Force Review Unit complete independent investigations into the incident,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, told ABC News in a statement.The school district said the officers will not be returning to Metropolitan High School.“CPS strives to create safe and supportive learning environments for all students, and this disturbing incident has absolutely no place in our schools,” Michael Passman, chief communications officer for Chicago Public Schools, said in a statement to ABC News. “To ensure a thorough review of this situation is conducted, we are asking the district’s Office of the Inspector General to review the matter, and we will fully support the ongoing investigation by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability.”Howard said he feared for his own life if he had stepped in to break up the fight.“It was devastating. I couldn’t believe what was going on,” Howard told WLS-TV. “I was thinking, ‘If I jump in, they’re going to shoot me. And if I don’t jump in, they’re going to hurt my daughter really bad.’”His daughter, whom ABC News is not naming as a minor, provided a different account than was provided by police in an interview with WLS-TV.“As I tried to walk the other way, I guess he put out his hand and pushed me toward the stairs,” she said. “He caused me to fall down the stairs, and I grabbed his vest and we all fell down the stairs.”She appeared in juvenile court on Friday and has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting and obstructing a peace officer, according to WLS-TV.She was fitted with an ankle monitoring bracelet, and her father said she has been sentenced to home confinement until her next court date on Feb. 19. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
(Based on an actual incident last week in the Westgate centre) It appeared to be an ordinary afternoon in the Westgate centre: everything in Sports World had 70% off, the Next Clearance Sale once again did a roaring trade in bop costumes and the corridor was full of kids truanting. But something was amiss. Without warning, the lives of all those innocent shoppers were suddenly put in grave danger. A white shirt on sale in Primark had caught fire. Whilst those around him lost their heads, a brave security guard raced over to save the day, throwing the shirt to the ground and stamping out the ferocious blaze. However, the question on everyone’s lips was, who did it? And why? The more gullible among you may assume that this incident ha a simple scientific explanation. We asked an expert chemist to give his thoughts: “Well, as we all know, the shirts in Primark are made from excellent quality polyester. Polyester is a long chain synthetic fibre comprising of monomer units. This polymeric hydrocarbon chain is a fantastically efficient way of storing energy. All that would be needed to release this energy is the smallest of sparks, say, from a cigarette. If such a spark came in contact with the shirt, the polyester would become a fantastic source of heat and light. It would be in flames in seconds.” Very reassuring. But was it possible that the shirts caught fire without the need for such a spark? “Ah. Here you are talking about spontaneous combustion. It is theoretically possible. If the polyester were to gain enough energy from its surroundings it could reach the required activation energy for ignition and simply burst into flames. But I would say that this is not very likely. The thermal energy is much too low to meet the required activation barrier so there is an incredibly low probability of spontaneous combustion. It was probably a careless cigarette.” A whodunit by Jamie Wolstenhulme and Charlotte King Spontaneous Combustion? A careless cigarette? Or something more sinister…… However, Cherwell24 believes that something more sinister was afoot. Smoking isn’t even allowed in the Westgate centre. The idea that it was a careless cigarette is just what the crooks want you to think. So we have compiled a list of alternative explanations. We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide the truth for yourself. 1. In the highly charged atmosphere surrounding the controversial invitations to the union debate this week, it is possible that the fire was in fact a pre-meditated political protest. Early reports that a brown shirt might have been the real target of the conflagration cannot be confirmed or denied. 2. Another possibility is that an over-zealous fire safety officer might have been assessing the possible risks to public safety in Primark. In his conscientious attempts to protect the public, he may have unwittingly endangered them. We can only presume that, whilst the speed that the garment caught fire must have caused him some alarm, the quick thinking of the heroic security guard must surely have reassured him. With such courageous men on hand we think that Primark is, on balance, a safe place to shop. 3. Of course, commercial sabotage cannot be ruled out either. To the delight of students across Oxford, Primark stocks notoriously cheap goods, often undercutting its rivals. By demonstrating the remarkable capacity of Primark’s shirts to ignite, perhaps another shop was attempting to make us think twice about the quality of its merchandise. But who would attempt such underhand tactics? Surely not Sports World, purveyor of equally low-priced goods, but operating at a disadvantage being a good 10 yards further into the Westgate Centre. 4. Reliable sources have also alerted us to another possibility. On your trips to the shopping Mecca that is the Westgate Centre, you may have noticed a suspicious character lurking around the entrance to Primark. Barred from actually entering the premises, Curley waits near the entrance, beside the aforementioned shirts, strategically placed to monitor the activities of his shop-assistant girlfriend. Perhaps, unaware of this observation, Curley’s girlfriend got a little to close to another retail assistant and Curley, in a fit of rage delved into his pocket for his walther PPK replica cigarette lighter. Blinded by passion Curley may have attempted to sabotage this rendezvous by hurling his cigarette lighter at the oblivious couple. Being something of a dud shot, this could easily have caught a shirt instead. 5. But are we all missing something here? Has our attention been unduly captivated by the mystery of the shirt? Perhaps the real cunning lies in the fact that the shirt was nothing more than a distraction. As it merrily went up in flames, it took the attention of all nearby shoppers and has continued to be the focus of this investigation here. But maybe it was merely a decoy? After all, Thornton’s is directly opposite Primark. Selling delicious yet extortionately priced chocolates, wouldn’t they be the more likely target of light-fingered dealings? So, while we’ve been mulling over the different scenarios that may have caused the conflagration, perhaps the real crooks have been tucking in to their particularly fine selection of Thorntons Continental chocolates. Or maybe…. it has been us doing both…..
Corporate social responsibility may be the buzzwords on everybody’s lips, as green issues hit home with bakery manufacturers. But while some companies are ebbing with the tide of public opinion, others don’t need a gun to the head to bring sustainability to the forefront.Due to its remote location in the north of Scotland, Macphie already employs an environmental manager and has a range of targets, including energy and water usage, packaging reduction and reducing waste to landfill. Chief executive Alastair Macphie says he’s been “spraying sludge” over his estate for years, an image not as horrifying as it first appears.”We’re always looking at more sustainable ways of doing what we do because of our rural setting. Fortunately, they are always the more cost-effective ways,” he says.Yet plans to more than double Macphie’s energy usage, to 1,500-2,000kVA by 2011, along with long-term growth in the business, uncovered massive problems with the creaking rural infrastructure. After calling in the electricians, the company discovered the old wiring wasn’t up to the job. Scottish & Southern, which provides overground power cabling, linking the site to the grid, quoted between £0.5-0.75 million for new cabling to cope with the demand.”They took one look and said the cabling was never designed for a business of our size,” says Macphie, who balked at the jaw-dropping quote. “So we said, ’How can we utilise what we have here as farmers, as well as food producers, to come up with a combined heat and power plant?’”Energy consultants advised against installing a combined heat and power biomass plant. Instead, a grant from the Scottish Executive’s Scottish Biomass Support Scheme buttressed a £1.5m investment in a biomass plant – a boiler fuelled by wood chips to provide just the heat for its factory on the 2,000-acre family-owned estate. The plant, due to be operational by summer 2008, is part of a renewable energy plan that will cut carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes annually.Initial feasibility of the plant calculates a payback within five to six years, based on an oil price of $65 a barrel. Now that oil prices have jumped to $86 a barrel, the payback will be quicker. The cost of wood chips does fluctuate with the price of oil, but only marginally, says Macphie. “The nearby sawmills have been looking for an avenue to get rid of their ’waste’ – the bark and shortcuts. To chip it and move it three miles to us is a godsend. And between 5-10% of the annual total will come from our own farm.”But storing the 5,000 tonnes of chips needed per year to power the plant presented a problem: to safeguard for contingencies, the firm needed a week’s worth of wood chips, or 100 tonnes, stored on-site. “That occupies quite a big area; that’s where oil beats wood chips hands down!”Machphie’s combined heating and power bill now totals £0.75m, but electrical usage has been reduced by 20% over the last three years and a feasibility study to tac-kle power needs, with sources such as wind turbines is under way. n