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Higgins High School student booked with battery on police officer

Jamie Coston, 18, is accused of battery on a police officer after he was arrested at a...
Jamie Coston, 18, is accused of battery on a police officer after he was arrested at a Jefferson Parish high school.(JPSO)
Published: Jan. 25, 2019 at 11:26 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy arrested an 18-year-old at Higgins High School in Marrero on Thursday morning after he caused a disturbance in a classroom.

The school resource officer was called around 10 a.m. to deal with the student described as “extremely angry and profane,” according to the JPSO.

The deputy found Jami Coston in a breezeway outside of the main administration building.

As the deputy and the administrator approached Coston, he began removing his jacket as he was shouting profanities at the deputy. The deputy said fearing that Coston was preparing to attack, the deputy tried to handcuff the student.

As the deputy attempted to handcuff him, Coston resisted his control and the deputy forced him to the ground, the JPSO said. The deputy was able to secure him and started walking him to his office for the completion of the necessary paperwork for his arrest.

While on the way to the office, Coston attempted to pull away from the deputy several times, officer said. Once in the office, Coston tried to pull away. The deputy again forced Coston to the ground to assist in maintaining control of him. During that scuffle, Coston sustained a minor laceration near his left eye.

Investigators said Coston refused medical treatment on scene. The deputy sustained abrasions to his right knee and right hand during the altercation and was treated on scene.

Coston was booked at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with interfering with an educational facility, battery on a police officer, and resisting an officer.

A judge set bond for the student. It is unclear if he is still in jail.

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