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Cary Teen Taken To Jail For Swearing

Posted October 7, 2006 10:06 a.m. EDT

— Hanging out with friends and watching TV, 16-year-old Shaniqua Douglas looks like your typical teenager, not a criminal locked in jail.

But jail is exactly where she ended up this week, after being arrested at Green Hope High School in Cary.

"I'm upset about it, I'm really upset about it," said Aileen Douglas, the mother of the ninth-grader.

According to the police report, Shaniqua caused a public disturbance at school by using abusive language intended to provoke violent reaction. In other words, she was arrested for using profanity.

"The student was in an argument with some other students and was swearing," said Cary Police Capt. David Wulff. "The principal came over and asked her to settle down and to stop swearing. She continued to swear."

Shaniqua said that's when the police were called.

"I was like, 'Get the (edited) off of me,' and then he threw me on the wall and placed the handcuffs on me and said, 'You're going to jail,'" said Shaniqua.

The teen was charged with disorderly conduct. She is now scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 11.

"Anytime you cause a disruption, disorderly conduct comes into play," said Wulff.

Aileen Douglas said she doesn't condone her daughter's behavior, but she said she feels the punishment didn't fit the crime.

"I feel like they should have called me before it even escalated. Before it got that far, I should have been called," she said.

A Wake County School System representative said that the system cannot comment on disciplinary actions involving students.

Officials at Green Hope High School were unavailable for comment after the school was shut down in the wake of the Apex chemical fire.