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Prov. teacher arrested for kicking, swearing at police

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A teacher at Gilbert-Stuart Middle School in Providence has been arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting an arrest, and assaulting police officers.

Jane O'Connell, a Providence middle school teacher was taken into custody by North Kingstown police after causing a commotion in a local bar, cussing and screaming at officers, and proceeding to allegedly kick the officers in the shin.

According to a statement from Providence Schools, O'Connell has been placed on administrative leave. "While the incident in no way involved or impacted students, all who work in our schools and district must be held to a high standard as trusted adults in our students' lives. To this end, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation and hearing," said Christina O'Reilly, Spokesperson for Providence Schools.

The incident took place on Saturday when Police responded to Seven Moons restaurant on Post Road for a report of an intoxicated individual that may have been injured when she fell off a barstool.

When the police arrived on scene the staff at the restaurant and bar said they did not call police and where not aware of any incident. When police were brought to the bar area they encountered O'Connell. According to the police report by Officer Dylan Navakauskas she stated "what do you want?" Police said her breath smelled heavily of alcohol and she was having trouble standing.

Police asked her if she knew of an incident where someone had fallen off a barstool and was possibly injured, according to the report she responded, "why the f*** would I tell you?"

Police asked O'Connell to return to her seat and to watch her language because it was disrupting other patrons. Police were informed by other guests at the restaurant that it was O'Connell's friend, Deborah Jennings, who had fallen off the bar stool. Police saw Jennings with her head down on the bar and went over to speak with her when O'Connell allegedly began yelling "why the f*** are you asking her questions?"

Every time police attempted to talk to Jennings, O'Connell allegedly interrupted with some sort of outburst. Rescue crews arrived for Jennings but were unable to assist her because of O'Connell.

As a result, O'Connell was escorted out of the bar area. When police approached her to escort her out they alleged she said, "F*** you my brother's a cop."

Police advised O'Connell she was under arrest for disorderly conduct and attempted to take her into custody. O'Connell struggled with officers by "pulling her arms away" and "spinning her body," according to reports.

Outside the bar the struggle with O'Connell continued and she began kicking backward striking Officer John Barker in the right shin. She also struck Officer Navakauskas in the thigh.

Police brought O'Connell to the ground and attempted to cuff her. She began creaming, "I'm a f****** teacher you idiots." At that point police managed to handcuff O'Connell and asked her to stand but she refused. She was placed in the police car where police report, she was screaming "I'm gonna kill all you cops."

O'Connell was transported to the police station and during the transport she began screaming that her brother is a cop and that "my f***** brother is going to kill you."

At the station she refused to exit the vehicle and had to be pulled from the vehicle. Then she refused to walk forward and had to be escorted into the station. Inside the station O'Connell went limp forcing her body to fall forward. Officer Barker hit his head against the wall when he attempted to thwart O'Connell from falling on the floor.

She was brought to the cell block where police asked her to calm down and she allegedly responded, "F*** You."

O'Connell's friend arrived at the police station with money for her bail and a Justice of the Peace arrived to arraign her. She was hostile toward the Justice of the Peace and had to be warned to calm down; She was released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance.

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