ARVER - The teenager who police say went on a rampage with his mother's car at Carver High School, barely missing students and parents as he careered across school grounds, told police he was mad at the school for treating him poorly and putting him in "dummy classes."
After leading authorities on a high-speed chase through town, George Cowen surrendered to police at his home, expressed remorse, and asked for treatment for bipolar disorder and other mental health issues, according to court records. He was taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth for psychiatric evaluation.
The incident, which the teen told police also stemmed from his being transferred to an alternative school, sent some 600 students, parents, and coaches scurrying to get out of the car's path Tuesday evening. Cowen allegedly roared onto the school's athletic fields, aiming the car at individuals and spinning it in circles.
Many witnesses said they were surprised that no one was hurt or killed. They said that the driver was going so fast the car went airborne at one point and that it barely missed a father pushing his 7-month-old son in a stroller.
"It was reckless and incredibly dangerous," Keryann DiAntonio of Carver told police. She had been watching her 12-year-old daughter's softball game when the car was driven into the outfield.
"All the kids were traumatized, and it was just a miracle no one was hurt or killed."
Cowen, who was arrested at home, told police he never intended to hurt anyone. Police said they found a 16-inch knife in the car.