Atascadero student busted for concrete cursive
December 12, 2012
At least he can write. An Atascadero High School student was removed from class on Dec. 4 and arrested by local police for allegedly scribbling his name in fresh concrete.
The student, who is not being identified by CalCoastNews because he is a minor, was booked and now faces a court date. One witness said he was handcuffed by an arresting officer before being driven to the police station.
Several parents believe the police action was an abuse of power and that officers should have waited untill after the school day concluded to arrest the young man at his home.
Atascadero police officials declined to discuss the incident or reveal charges, saying the department “is not commenting on this ongoing investigation.”
The youth wrote his first name in the concrete at Atascadero Junior High, at a new bus stop, apparently leaving adequate clues for investigators who then traced him to his classroom.
The student subsequently wrote on his Facebook page following the incident: “Sweet. Got called out of class and arrested… I rode in a cop car to the station.”
Friends commented on the site, one writing: “Shouldn’t have done your last name.” Another said, “I saw you riding in the back of the police car.”
The student said he did not put his last name into the cement.
Asked if he would get community service for his transgression, he wrote back: “Nope. Go to court.”
School administrators also declined comment on the incident.