Brandon police didn’t have any major incidents to deal with Monday, but they kept busy with a baker’s dozen of other arrests — including the arrest of a teen for swearing.
Police made the rare move of laying a charge of disturbing the peace by swearing under the Criminal Code.
"Those charges are uncommon," Brandon Police Service Sgt. Mike Pelechaty confirmed on Tuesday.
Staff at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School called the Brandon Police Service school resource officer around 1 p.m. on Monday.
The allegation is that a teen boy was causing a disturbance in the school foyer. He’d calmed down by the time police arrived.
Police didn’t release the offensive profanities allegedly uttered by the teen, except to describe the language as very inappropriate. He was also allegedly yelling and screaming.
In a statement, the Brandon School Division indicated that the student was in "distress" and his behaviour required the response of the school resource officer.
The teen was arrested, taken to the station and then released on a promise to appear in court in April.
Charged is a 17-year-old boy from Shilo.
Section 175 of the Criminal Code allows a charge to be laid for causing a disturbance by a variety of means — fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing, using insulting or obscene language.
In the past, Brandon police have laid charges of causing a disturbance in a school by fighting, but the teen in this case was specifically charged for causing a disturbance by swearing.
The maximum penalty is a $5,000 fine, six months imprisonment, or both, but those penalties are for extreme cases.
The criminal charge was laid based on the school’s desire to curb such unacceptable behaviour, police said.
As of Tuesday morning, this was one of a total of 13 arrests made in the previous 24 hours.
Others included two people arrested for domestic assault, two more for breaching their court orders, a further two for breaching the peace, and two who were detained for being intoxicated.
Police also arrested a shoplifter, and arrested a trio of people on the strength of warrants for previous offences — one each from the Brandon Police Service, the Dakota Ojibway Police Service and the RCMP.
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