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A Violet Hill woman and her two children were arrested Friday night at ICC’s homecoming basketball game. Deputy Mark Simino was confronted by Kristen Lynn Hennigan who stated that her daughter had been victimized previously at the school. Simino reported that school officials had addressed the situation but that Hennigan was not satisfied with the action taken.

A short time later, Simino observed School Resource Officer/Deputy conversing with the irate mother and the two juveniles. Hennigan and her children were directed to the south side of the lobby near the entrance by school staff. Hennigan was exhibiting extreme agitation and was thrusting her hands and arms about in a protesting manner.

Soon after, Simino was summoned by school officials to again assist with the irate family who had been directed to leave the building because of their public display of inappropriate outbursts and their threatening actions toward another student. They refused to comply with the direction to leave the building.

The male juvenile attempted to prevent Simino from physically directing Hennigan out of the building and the female juvenile was yelling at officers. Hennigan continued to obstruct the actions of the officer, was yelling and escalating the situation.

A physical confrontation by Hennigan and children led to the arrest of all three.  A physical struggle with the mother and the juveniles continued as the three were removed from the building.  When the male juvenile was placed in the patrol car, he shattered the passenger side rear window and continued to yell out threats and insults toward the deputies.

The juveniles were each charged with disorderly conduct and the male juvenile was additionally charged with criminal mischief. Both were transported to the juvenile detention facility in Batesville. Hennigan was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and contributing  to the delinquency of a minor. She was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where she remains in lieu of $3,800 bond and has a court date of February 19.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said he was pleased with the restraint exercised by the officers and school staff.


News Release, For Immediate Release, January 15, 2017, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203

Note: Picture of Hennigan provided

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