Collin County releases details on student arrest


Emma Gnidziejko

Junior Zane Beasley holds a sign for the walkout Friday, April. 12. Students started the protest during the Eagle Time study hall, which begins at 9:50 a.m. each day. "Chase's case was the last straw," Beasley said. "... I think it's abhorrent - just absolutely despicable that Chase is getting punished for stepping in and helping out ... ."

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As listed on their website, Collin County officials showed Chase Richard Tyson, 17, was booked into custody Wednesday, April 11, and students have started a petition on his behalf.

The offense the county website listed in association with Tyson’s information was “assault causes bodily injury,” which is a Class A misdemeanor. According to student reports, this occurred because of a fight between Tyson and another student in the school cafeteria during the Eagle Time study hall period April 10.

Students said school officials saw and stopped the fight. The extension of the site noted a bond of $500 was set. Tyson was confined “0” days, the judicial online search site reported.

Students who are participating in an online petition at say they want the school and other officials to “Exempt Chase from Punishment.”

An anonymous “Prosper Student” started the petition on, April 10, Wednesday evening.

“If you believe Chase Tyson’s actions were justified, and he shouldn’t be punished for standing up for a disabled student, sign this petition,” the petition originator said.

More than 1,400 people had signed it by 1:30 p.m., April 11.

More information will be released as it comes available.