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Cedar Heights teen arrested for assault

A 14-year-old Cedar Heights student was charged with felony third degree assault Wednesday for allegedly shoving another student’s head into a soda machine last week.

According to School Resource Officer Bob MacFann, the 13-year-old alleged victim did not report the incident to school officials until this week, when MacFann was called to the school to investigate.

According to the officer’s report, the victim said the incident began on Thursday, Oct. 2, when he passed a third student in the hall and made fun of what the student was wearing. The following day, the victim said, the suspect approached him and demanded to know why he had made fun of his clothing.

The victim said when he tried to tell the other teen he was not making fun of him, the suspect suddenly grabbed him by the head and rammed it into a nearby soda machine.

Later that day, the victim said he went to the hospital and had to get his wound sewn up with stitches.

MacFann noted that he had a wound on his head about a half-inch long that had four stitches.

When MacFann asked the student why he waited so long to report the incident, the victim said he feared the suspect would seek revenge if he did. MacFann advised the student that incidents of violence or threats need to be reported right away.

MacFann then talked to the suspect, advised him of his rights, and the student agreed to talk to him.

The suspect said the victim had been making fun of his clothing, so he slammed his head into a soda machine. He then added that he had been having problems at home and there are days he feels like killing himself. He told MacFann if he went home he would die.

MacFann reported to school officials that the student had admitted to having suicidal thoughts, and they expressed concern for his safety.

MacFann then arrested the suspect and he was booked into Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility. He also notified the staff that there was some concern the teen might hurt himself.

Kitsap County Juvenile Division Deputy Prosecutor Todd Dowell said the teen was charged with third degree assault — a C felony — and was released into his parents’ custody.

Because of the nature of the crime, Dowell said, the teen’s case has not been diverted from court and he is scheduled for a hearing Oct. 22.

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