Three High Schoolers Charged with Inciting Riot

Suwannee County, FL -- March 2, 2012 --

Three Suwannee High School students were arrested and charged with inciting a riot at the school Thursday (3-1-12) morning.

Suwannee County Deputies say 21-year-old Eric Anderson-Cooks and two juveniles were being verbally disruptive towards a staff member in the cafeteria. The school was put into a lock-in during the incident.

Deputies say no one was hurt and no weapons were found. All three were charged with inciting a riot.

Cooks is out on bond. The students' status with the school is not known at this time.


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  • by admin Location: Live Oak on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    How uniformed. Not one student....not one even got their elbow scratched. Administrators and the SRO operated with precision decision making, with in their face control of the situation. Part of the problem is that parents believe everything their child says...their child's friends say and everything they see posted on social media sites. If you want the truth of a situation call and speak with one of the experienced level-headed adults and get the real facts. Otherwise go back to school, get a degree and try your hand at managing 1200 teenagers for 7 hours a day.
  • by Grover on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    There is currently a similar story in a school in Colorado. An 11 year old girl was handcuffed for being "rude". She was just getting a sweater from her locker during lunch because she was cold. Google it.
  • by Tony Location: Live Oak on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    I dont think anyoone said it was ok, people were saying what happend. From what i was told by school admin, they asked this young man to come to the office to calm his younger brother down. When he got there they were putting his brother in handcuffs and he started to ask questions on what was going on and why his brother was being cuffed. He got highly upset and thats when cuss words were being said, and school admin didnt want him arrested and asked the police to not arrest him. Young kid made a very bad choice and will live with it, but he has never been in trouble before and is a overall good kid.
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      by Feeling under informed on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:31 AM in reply to Tony
      Thank you Tony for discussing this in a non offensive manner.
  • by Parents Needed Location: Everywhere on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:03 AM
    Parents or the like thereof is most of the problem. Then there are those of you who say this behavior is okay. At this age they have pretty much charted their course and I see the letters D.O.C. stamped in their clothes!!
  • by Anonymous Location: occupied Tallahassee on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    they act in school or in public from what they learn at home/
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    18 or 21 or 12 is irrelevant. This kind of behavior is inexcusable. These people have no respect therefore should be treated without respect. The brother questioning the arrest or any other person questioning the arrest have no right to be informed of charges. The charges are between the arresting oficer,the prosecutor and the judge.Anyone else who chooses to involve themselves is obstructing justice and are subject to arrest.
  • by noname Location: earth on Mar 5, 2012 at 02:25 PM
    a lot of this stuff started with jaw jacking on facebook, not to mention the glorious meeting at the African Baptist church that just seemed to rile up the parents, too. schools are afraid of lawsuits, so they cut off the teachers power to discipline and wonder why the teens are out of control. start with spankings in kindergarden, like the old days and by the time they get to high school they'll behave! also, force the parents to be responsible for the kids bad behavior, maybe that will work.
  • by veloco Location: tallahassee on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    ok so based on some comments it's okay for students to curse out the administration? and it is not inciting a riot if you get all your friends to start cursing out the administration too? cursing out the administration and not following direction, is not being unruly unless the student becomes physically violent? apprently students are writing these comments, who else would think it is alright to behave in this manner.
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      by Feeling under informed on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:30 PM in reply to veloco
      Not a student a parent & child advocate. Cursing is not a cause for arrest. Unruly yes but not violent. Why you would want a student to have a record that will limit his job capabilities for cursing is terrible. Speaking to someone in a caring & understanding manner goes a long way to garner respect & to calm a situation. I understand the state has taken away a lot of children's rights while in school but just because you have the power to ruin a life doesn't mean you should use it. Its starts to feel like badgering a very petty. Thank God I had teachers in my life that understood being a teenager is difficult and hormones and emotions can take over and learning from our mistakes is a big part of becoming an adult.
  • by Tony Location: Live Oak on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    This young man didnt fight anyone nor did he harm any of the teachers or other students. He was in the office and his brother was getting handcuffed by the police and he was asking what was going on and why was his brother being handcuffed, he started to yell at school administration wanting to know why handcuffs were being place on his brother when he didnt get in a fight or cause any trouble. The police then put him in handcuffs and charged him and his brother and the other young man with inciting a riot.
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      by Feeling under informed on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to Tony
      This is so sad. What are we doing to our kids.
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        by Me on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to Feeling under informed
        It's probably not what alot of parents this day in time that doesn't do or teach thier kids
  • by Sarah Location: Florida on Mar 5, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    I just read the account from the local paper and Cooks age is 18 years. Also, there were no physical violence and the young people were cussing and arguing with the administration. That is all that happened in the school. Inciting a riot is got to be proven and I did read where anything fighting, punching or anything occurred by what I have previously stated.
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      by Feeling under informed on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM in reply to Sarah
      Thank you Sarah. Does anyone else think this was craziness?
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      by E on Mar 5, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Sarah
      You dont have to throw a punch or break anything for there to be a riot
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      by the law on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to Sarah
      a riot is more than fighting, or punching, if a group gets together and starts cussing staff and will not siese and dismiss after a lawful order is given that is a riot!!!
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