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Sheriff's deputy punished for threatening unruly student

A school resource officer is suspended one day for foul language at Parrott Middle School.

Published November 15, 2003

BROOKSVILLE - A Hernando sheriff's deputy was reprimanded and suspended for using foul and threatening language toward a Parrott Middle School student, who became unruly during a school assembly, according to an internal affairs investigation released Thursday.

Deputy William Horvath, 49, who is a school resource officer at Parrott Middle School, was suspended for one day and received a written reprimand after he was accused of breaching the office's code of conduct and use of control policies.

The incident occurred on Aug. 14 - the first day of school - when Horvath and Parrott assistant principal Michael Robinson were giving an assembly on rules and expectations for the school year.

During that time, it was alleged that a student became disruptive and was forcibly removed by Horvath, a school resource officer since 2001.

According to the complaint filed by the student's mother, Horvath yanked the boy from his seat, twisted his arm behind his back and led the juvenile out of the auditorium.

There, it was also alleged that Horvath used profanity and threatened to kill the student if he continued his behavior.

Investigators determined that Horvath did not use force when removing the student from the assembly but sustained the allegations that he used foul and threatening language.

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