OFFICIALS: Student Sent To Hospital After Punching Officer

A school resource officer used physical force when authorities say he was punched in the face by a student.

The 16-year-old ninth grader at J.H. Rose High School faces school disciplinary charges, as well as likely criminal charges, that's according to a Pitt County Schools spokeswoman.

Heather Mayo says it started around 12:50 p.m. when the assistant principal stopped two students suspected of skipping class. One student cooperated with the administrator, but Mayo says the other refused to give his name.

School resource officer Carlton Joyner was called and was escorting the student to the office when Mayo says the student turned around an punched the officer in the face, drawing blood.

Greenville police Cpl. Kip Gaskins says the student then began to fight with the officer. Gaskins says the two fell to the floor causing the student to get a bloody nose.

Police say charges of assault on a government official are forthcoming against the student.

At the student's request, he was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital and his mother notified. Mayo says Joyner went home to change his bloody uniform and was expected to return to school this afternoon.

This happened about 3-1/2 hours after the high school was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning when a police chase spilled onto its campus.

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