(THE GUARDIAN) — A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps.
The 10th circuit court of appeals decision ruled that the officer and educators named in the lawsuit were entitled to immunity, and the arrest was justified under a New Mexico law that prohibits anyone from interfering in the education process.
The student was a seventh-grader at Albuquerque’s Cleveland middle school at the time of the May 2011 arrest. He is not named in court documents.
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