Cassandra Kowalski. (Courtesy Portage Co. Jail)

SPASH student arrested after classroom disturbance

By Brandi Makuski

A high school student is facing charges in adult court after causing a disturbance in a SPASH classroom last week.

Cassandra Kowalski, 17, made her appearance by video from the Portage Co. Jail on Monday.

According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Zell, a school resource officer was called to the main hallway at Stevens Point Area Senior High on Jan. 3 to assist with a student who was upset and yelling profanities at a staff member.

Kowalski was reportedly upset over a “relationship issue,” Zell told Court Commission Melissa Dalkert on Monday.

Sometime after the incident in the hallway, Kowalski allegedly disrupted a class and began to yell and swear at a boy who was in the room. She left, then returned a short time later to yell and swear at the boy again, according to the incident report.

The school resource officer, who is a sworn officer with the Stevens Point Police Department, attempted to get Kowalski outside the classroom so he could speak with her, but she refused to leave, according to the incident report.

When the officer took hold of Kowalski’s arm to escort her from the room, Zell said, she “became physically resistant, she attempted to pull away several times and continued yelling. She eventually dropped herself to the floor. The officer tried to give her time to calm down but she did not, and continued to yell and swear.”

Kowalski also removed a water bottle and other items from her backpack, and threw them at the officer, Zell said. A second officer was called to assist, as Kowalski continued to yell and physically resist while she was being placed in handcuffs.

Zell said his office plans to charge Kowalski with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Dalkert issued a $500 signature bond with conditions that Kowalski has no abusive conduct with anyone at SPASH or while on school grounds.

She returns to court Jan. 27