Bystanders come to aid of school resource officer trying to help combative teen

Emergency medical responders check teen at scene on Brigham Road Wednesday morning, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2018 Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A bystander assisted a school resource officer and was soon joined by another Wednesday morning in a struggle to restrain a teen intent on possibly hurting himself.

Officers respond to assist student resource officer struggling with combative teen, assisted by bystanders on Brigham Road Wednesday, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Dylan Westover, St. George News

At 9:15 a.m. officers were called in to assist a school resource officer who found a 15-year-old sitting in the middle of Brigham Road after being notified that the teen walked off school grounds, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said.

The student resource officer, Brett Huish, began speaking with the distraught student who told him he wanted to harm himself and made other similar statements.

(See Ed. note)

While Huish was attempting to coerce the student out of the roadway, the teen began struggling with the officer and became combative during the exchange, so additional officers were called in and began making their way to the scene.

“It is my understanding at this point that some bystanders saw what was going on and rendered assistance to the officer,” Giles said.

Officers respond to assist student resource officer struggling with combative teen, assisted by bystanders on Brigham Road, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Dylan Westover, St. George News

One of the bystanders, Dennis Nash, told St. George News that he was heading east in his truck on Brigham Road when he observed a “big teenage boy” hitting the officer in the face in the middle of the street.

“The officer continued pushing the kid back toward the sidewalk to get him out of the middle of the road,” Nash said, “to keep him from getting hit by a car.”

Nash initially passed the pair, he said, but once he looked in his rearview mirror and noticed the continuing struggle, he turned around to return and assist the officer.

As the two struggled to contain the student, another bystander pulled over to assist. Between the three of them, they were able to restrain the combative teen, preventing him from running back into the roadway, Nash said.

Once the ambulance arrived the student was checked by emergency medical responders and shortly after was transported to the hospital for evaluation and a possible risk assessment. Huish rode in the ambulance with him.

Nash commented on Huish’s ability to keep calm during the ordeal, saying “He is a hero, an absolute hero,” adding:

I told that officer that he had shown more restraint than anyone I could ever imagine, and all he was trying to do is keep the kid out of the street and keep him safe.

Information relating to any other possible injuries sustained was not available at the scene, as Huish had already left in the ambulance, but Giles said he was not advised of any injuries at that time.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the school resource officer and the St. George police officer quoted in the story. Both stand corrected.

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  • PlanetU April 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Great job from Officer Huish and others who got involved and helped.

  • Jessica April 5, 2018 at 3:00 am

    this is a spiritual epidemic we have left our first love Jesus and the consequences are our children they are spiritually dead and we have left the door open for Satan to confuse our children hence school shootings etc. God forgive us and protect our children will you be blessed with grace and peace

  • mshaw April 5, 2018 at 7:12 am

    What officer let’s some kid hit him? I bet he was sick on the day of training to detain someone!! Maybe he needs to work at the desk or be a court bailiff but even then that job may be too physical for the officer to deal with!

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