Witness Tells Different Story of Riverton High Scuffle

Witness Tells Different Story of Riverton High Scuffle

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A student who witnessed last week's scuffle at Riverton High School tells a different story about what happened.

Sierra Hobberstad says, contrary to what the Salt Lake Sheriff's Office has reported, the 17-year-old boy put up little resistance to Deputy Ben Bolduc.

Hobberstad says Bolduc grabbed the boy by the arm, spun him around, grabbed him around the lower waist and hoisted him over his shoulder.

She says the boy continued to fall over Bolduc's shoulder and landed on his head.

Hobberstad said after the boy hit the ground, Bolduc turned him over onto his stomach and cuffed his wrists.

Hobberstad said "it wasn't really a fight."

However, the Sheriff's Office maintains the boy ignored Bolduc's verbal commands, jerked his arm away when the deputy grabbed it and physically resisted Bolduc as he attempted to restrain him.

Bolduc is now on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The boy remains in critical condition.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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