Saturday, May 9, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Phoenix High School student faces felony charges after he clashed with a school resource officer and teacher this week, causing both minor injuries, police said.
Police charged Vincent Michael Cropanese, 19, with simple assault, disruption of a public school and felony obstruction of law enforcement in the Thursday incident.
He faces an additional felony count of weapons possession on school property for carrying a knife, according to an arrest warrant.
Trouble started at the Lawrenceville school when Cropanese, a junior, yelled at a media specialist, Kim Gaba, and twisted her wrist as she tried to keep an ashtray from him, the warrant says.
Cropanese allegedly refused to comply with a school officer who responded and had to be carried to a patrol vehicle, kicking the officer's legs and causing minor cuts to his hands. In the cruiser he head-butted and tried to kick out the vehicle's windows, the warrant says.
Cropanese posted $41,500 bond hours after his arrest. A judge restricted him from having contact with his alleged victims. He's due back in Gwinnett Magistrate Court for a hearing Thursday, records show.