Lyme Parent Charged With Disorderly Conduct at School
Lyme — The parent who allegedly became verbally abusive toward two Lyme School officials was arrested yesterday on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.
Jedediah Smith, 33, had a “seizure-type” episode while resisting arrest on Thursday morning, Lyme Police Chief Shaun O’Keefe said in an interview yesterday. Smith was brought to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday when Smith, whose daughter attends the school, came into the office. He allegedly became angry and verbally abusive toward the school’s principal and special education director. After about 10 minutes, Superintendent Mike Harris, who was also in the office, said on Thursday that he decided to call police.
O’Keefe said yesterday that when an officer went to arrest Smith, he began to resist.
“He did not become physical in a fighting manner, but was physical in resisting being arrested, taken into custody,” O’Keefe said.
During the altercation, Smith had the medical emergency, and O’Keefe said the arrest procedure stopped and Smith was transported to DHMC. According to O’Keefe, Smith has a history of seizures that officers were not aware of at the time. No weapons were used or displayed, he said.
Smith’s arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Lebanon Circuit Court. A message left at his Lyme residence yesterday was not returned.
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