Man arrested after disturbance at Barton Community College

Handcuffs (KSN File Photo)

GREAT BEND, Kansas – A 26-year-old Otis man was arrested on Tuesday after a disturbance at Barton Community College. It happened around 2 p.m. at 245 NE. 30 Road in the Technical Building.

According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Department, the student became agitated about a grade on a final exam.

The student began throwing chairs and damaging other property, and he was engaged in a physical altercation with a faculty member.

He was restrained by other staff and faculty and was removed to the security director’s office and remained there until the arrival of Barton County Sheriff’s deputies.

The suspect was placed under arrest without incident and taken into custody.

The sheriff’s department says all the injuries were minor and none required medical attention.

The suspect wasn’t carrying a weapon, and he was evaluated by the Center for Counseling. He remains in custody at this time.

Barton Community College released the following statement:

    The primary objective of Barton’s Campus Safety personnel was to remove the student from the public area. The student was moved to an office where a Campus Safety employee attempted to defuse the situation. The employee contacted authorities and had additional staff on hand to minimize the student’s contact with the public.
    If the situation had not been contained, or if it was determined that there was danger to employees, students or the public, the campus emergency notification system would have been activated. The situation was contained, therefore campus wide notification was not necessary.

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