Enraged Pomperaug Student Threatens Faculty, Kicks Police

The following arrest information was supplied by the Southbury police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

PHS Student Threatens Staff, Kicks Police

Southbury police responded to Pomperaug High School for a report of an out-of-control student on Wednesday, September 19.

According to school administrators, John Goodwin, 18, of Southbury, began swearing at school staff, punched a wall, and threatened to punch an assistant principal after his cell phone was taken away by a teacher, per PHS policy after Goodwin was found using it in class.

After officers handcuffed Goodwin, he began kicking at them while he was being patted down, prior to being placed in a police cruiser.

Goodwin was charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer and was released on $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on October 3.

Pot at Pomperaug

Southbury police were monitoring the Pomperaug High School parking lot on Tuesday, September 18 at approximately 8:56 a.m. when they observed a suspicious vehicle drive through the lower parking lot of the school and drive out.

Police followed the vehicle onto Judd Rd. and stopped the driver after making an illegal turn onto Rt. 188. After police smelt the odor of burnt marijuana they searched the vehicle, and the driver, Zachary Bryan, was issued an infraction for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and making an improper turn.

Warrant Leads to Multiple Charges

Roger Card, 42, of New Haven was charged by warrant with 3rd degree forgery and 4th degree criminal attempt at larceny on Thursday, September 20.

The warrant stemmed from a fraudulent check investigation by the Southbury police that began on May 31.

Card was detained and had a court date later in the day.

teri kopp September 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Smelt marijuana? Where they forging paraphanelia out of some kind of bronze age metal mixed with pot? I believe the police SMELLED marijuana.
Pgmr9 September 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
"smelt" verb a simple past tense and past participle of smell.
Mike September 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
If a teacher tried to take my phone, I would have punched him too. Connecticut General Statutes allow the use of reasonable physical force to protect property. The kid was eighteen, legally an adult, and the school tried to take his property? I hope he has a good lawyer, because he is going to have a field day with this.
Starla September 22, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I seriously doubt it. He was attending class, the rules state no cell phone use. The teacher had a perfect right to confiscate his phone.
Starla September 22, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I seriously doubt it. He was attending class, the rules state no cell phone use. The teacher had a perfect right to confiscate his phone.
Ruth September 22, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Starla, I am totally on board with you, and what Mike said is exactly what is wrong with this country and people's attitudes. He was in school and did not follow the rules. That should be the end of it, and nothing justifies his behavior.
Ed Smith September 23, 2012 at 03:09 PM
teri is correct; it doesn't say "had smelt".
Ed Smith September 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Mike you are the kind of thinking why so many people in jail actually do belong there. Society must be protected from violent people. Also school policy is no cell phone use in class, it is a good and reasonable policy. It sounds like school is not a priority for the young man, and his ejection will only improve the learning environment for those with the maturity enough to act civil and respectfully of the class.


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