Food fight ends in arrests

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HIRAM School food fights usually don’t end in arrests, but Friday was an exception when twin brothers were taken to the Oxford County Jail after a school cafeteria incident.


Darin and Daniel Hoyt, who turned 19 on Saturday, were arrested around 11 a.m. Friday at Sacopee Valley High School on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal threatening.

Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Wyman, the interim school resource officer, said the two were throwing bagels at each other when a teacher told them to stop.

They then refused to go to the office, which was when Wyman said he was called.

Wyman said the twins acted belligerent toward him and threatened his life. They were arrested and later released from the jail on an unsecured bond.

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They were threatening everybody and anybody, Wyman said.

According to the Hoyt family, however, the incident was blown out of proportion.

Darin admitted to throwing a bagel at his brother during a food fight involving other students. After a disagreement with the teacher, he said Wyman grabbed him by the wrist to the point where it hurt.

I told him I’d punch him in the face, Darin said.
Daniel said he tried to stick up for his brother, and Wyman grabbed him too.

I didn’t even threaten him at all, Daniel said.

Their mother, Christine Hoyt, said unnecessary force was used in the arrest.

The whole incident was uncalled for, she said.
Wyman was unavailable for comment Monday. Sheriff Wayne Gallant said no one has filed any complaints alleging excessive force.

The high school would have filed a complaint if (unnecessary force) was used, Gallant said.

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