NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A 17-year-old Northbridge High School student was arraigned Friday in Uxbridge District Court on charges he disturbed a class assembly and threatened to murder a teacher.
A pre-trial conference on the charges filed against Zachary Briggs of 14 C St., will be held on Jan. 30, 2013. Court documents note Briggs was released on personal recognizance on the condition he take his prescription medication, stay away from illegal drugs and alcohol, agree to random drug testing and stay with his sister.
According to the court report, Briggs became disruptive in class on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., throwing paper around and shoving chairs. He was escorted from the building, allowed to return and started “acting loudly’’ in the hallway and swearing at teachers.
When a teacher tried to calm him down, he said, “I’m going to slit your ... throat,’’ the court report states.
Northbridge Police Lt. Tim Labrie said the threat probably isn’t as serious as it sounds, but something that must be addressed. It is the third disturbing a school assembly charged filed against Briggs, police said.
The court report notes that Briggs became disruptive on Dec. 4 after he returned from a court appearance on a second disturbing a school assembly charge filed from an incident at the high school on Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.
Briggs was arrested Dec. 7 on a warrant on the latest charges without incident on Linwood Avenue. Arresting officers were Jarrod Woeller and Sgt. Brian Patrinelli.