Judge orders Teterboro special needs student held on $10,000 bail in scuffle with police

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: An 18-year-old special needs student remained held on $10,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail today following a scuffle at a county school in Teterboro yesterday.

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Bilal Diggs, 18, is charged with three counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest “with the substantial risk of injury,” being under the influence of drugs and disorderly conduct.

Bergen County Bureau of Police Services officers were called to the North Street School classroom around 1 p.m. yesterday after Diggs fell and hit his head on a desk, Anthony Cureton of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The young man was unresponsive on a medical call but then became responsive,” Cureton told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. “The officers told him that he had to go to the hospital, but he resisted.”

“You’re going to have to make me!” Diggs shouted while cursing the officers, Cureton said.

“As the officers tried to get him under control, he assaulted them,” he said.

All three sustained minor injuries, Cureton said.

According to the Bergen County Special Services School District, the North Street campus “provides educational services for classified students who have not been successful in their district high school.

“Students attending this program are classified as emotionally disabled, oppositional defiant or one of the other educational classifications,” its website says. “As a result of their exhibited behaviors they require a smaller setting in a structured learning environment allowing them to recognize the necessity of taking ownership for their behaviors.

“It is the goal of the program to guide the student in developing more appropriate behavior modification skills, therefore allowing them to attend a less restrictive environment. The less restrictive environment could be a program provided by Bergen County Special Services or returning to their district high school.

“Throughout the school year, socialization trips are provided for students who have exhibited appropriate behavior or growth resulting in improved behavior. These trips are designed to assist the student in recognizing that appropriate behavior results in a positive experience. Students will attend trips ranging from the Liberty Science center, bowling, David [and] Busters, horseback riding and skiing.”

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