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Man tased, arrested at high school after argument

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GREENFIELD — A Greenfield-Central parent was escorted from the high school and shot with a Taser Wednesday afternoon after an argument over the school’s dress code.

Jason D. Whitehouse, 43, went  to the high school in the 800 block of North Broadway Street about 1:30 p.m. His daughter had recently gotten in trouble for breaking the school’s dress code, and he wanted to speak to an administrator about the incident, school officials said. The girl had not been sent home, and her father was not asked to come to the school, as his daughter already had appropriate clothes to change into, a school official said.

During a meeting with an administrator, Whitehouse became increasingly angry, cursing at the administrator. He did not make any threats and was unarmed, but when he was asked to leave the building, he refused, a school official said.

The high school contracts with local police officers to work security in the building during the school day for safety purposes. Greenfield police Sgt. Rick Wilcher, who was working security at the high school at the time of incident Wednesday, intervened when the argument began to get out of hand. He escorted Whitehouse from the high school.

After Whitehouse left the building with Wilcher, he pulled away and turned toward him aggressively, as though he might be ready to throw a punch, police said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jarrod Bradbury, who had been patrolling in the area and stopped to assist, shot Whitehouse with his Taser.

Whitehouse was then apprehended without incident.

Hancock County Prosecutor Michael Griffin said his office will evaluate potential charges after receiving the officer’s report. Police said they will request charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

No one was injured in the altercation, Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said.

“We have officers at the school just for this purpose,” he added.

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