EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 5, 2012

School officer arrests three students

By Paul Tennant ptennant@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – Arrests are not a common occurrence at North Andover High School, but there were three of them Friday.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Patrolman Brendan Gallagher, the NAHS school resource officer, arrested two students on drug charges.

Marissa Brennan, 17, of 31 Francis St., was charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws. A 16-year-old boy was charged with possession of a Class D drug and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

In an unrelated incident an hour and a half later, Ryan Saraiva III, 17, of 32 Royal Crest Drive, was arrested by Gallagher and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing a school assembly and resisting arrest.

Police Lt. Charles Gray said he could not comment on arrests at the school beyond what was recorded in the incident log.

Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson said he could not say much about the arrests, but he did say parents need not fear for the safety of their children at the high school.

“We work closely with the police,” Hutchinson said. When incidents happen that require the intervention of law enforcement, “we respond appropriately,” he said.

The overwhelming majority of North Andover High students “are great kids,” he said.