Polk guidance counselor intervened in arrest of student, called her 'baby,' officials say

The head of guidance counseling at Ridge Community High School, Marcus Franklin is under arrest, charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

“This is just the craziest thing I’ve seen in a long time,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Tuesday, detectives were called to Ridge High to look into an aggravated battery case involving two girls.

The sheriff says when they tried arresting one of the girls, she began fighting with the detectives.

That’s when the Franklin got involved. 

“At this time Marcus rushes in and he started to push the detectives away from our suspect, the suspect. He shields the suspects from arrest,” Sheriff Judd said. “He told the detectives only uniformed law enforcement officers can affect the arrest and then he told our detectives. 'I'm deescalating the situation,' as he stroked the suspect’s hair and referred to her as baby,” he said.

During all the chaos one of the detectives sprained her ankle. Franklin, the sheriff says left and went home to Orlando, and wouldn’t come back. He was arrested shortly after.  

“Here's a clue Marcus you’re in jail. You could've been part of the solution, instead you're part of the problem and now you have felony charges against you,” said Sheriff Judd.

Franklin has been with the Polk County School District since August of 2010.  He hasn’t had any previous incidents. He’s currently on administrative leave.