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Officers subdue unruly student


February 14, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS - In academic terms, the behavior of a female student arrested last week at Grosse Pointe South High School could be described as demonstrative and vocal.

In public safety terms, she committed assault, according to a summary of accounts by four officers needed to remove her from campus shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.


"She assaulted Jeremy Hawkins, the assistant principal and athletic director," said Detective Lt. Richard Rosati at a bond hearing Wednesday, Feb. 6, for defendant, Renata Diamond Morey-Greer, 17, of Grosse Pointe Park, in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court.

By the girl's admission, it was at least the second time multiple officers were needed to subdue her on school property.

"It took more than four of you last time," Morey-Greer reportedly chided police during her arrest.

Morey-Greer, who police said was suspended from school at the time of her arrest, attended court wearing handcuffs secured to a leather belt around her waist.

Police charged her with and are seeking a warrant for:

assault,

disorderly conduct,

resisting and obstructing officers and

being a minor in possession of tobacco.

During the hearing, Judge Matthew Rumora maintained her $200 bond.

He also agreed with police to add the following restrictions:

no "assaultive behavior,"

no contact with school officials and

stay at least 1,000 feet from campus.

"If you get reinstated and they let you back in school there, obviously we'll amend the bond," Rumora told her.

"She's scheduled for court (Wednesday), Feb. 20, at 8 a.m. (in Farms court)," said Detective John Walko, the department youth officer.

At school last week, Debbie Higgins, also an assistant principal, reportedly told police Greer violated rules by being in the hall without accompaniment from a monitor or school staff member.

"Greer became upset and loud, using foul language, telling various school staff to '(expletive) off,'" said Officer Geoff McQueen, one of the first officers on scene.

He added, "Higgins said Greer assaulted Jeremy Hawkins by 'aggressively pushing' Hawkins out of the way when he entered the office to help."

McQueen said he found Morey-Greer in a second-floor hallway. She was wearing earphones, he said.

"(She) was ignoring (my) attempts to talk with her," McQueen said. "(I) had to make physical contact with Greer to get her attention. Greer looked at (me) and said, 'Get your (expletive) hand off of me.'"

She didn't comply with orders to leave the school, according to police.

"Greer shouted at Mrs. Higgins, '(Expletive) you. This is all of your fault. (Expletive) you. You suspended me for no reason and the fire is going to begin, (expletive),'" McQueen said.

Morey-Greer struggled to the ground and officers cuffed her wrists, they said.

Police said they obtained witness statements from Hawkins, Higgins, Assistant Principal Terry Flint and three school monitors.

Higgins did not respond to an interview request.


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