Teen Who Yelled Racial Slurs; Fired Paintball At School Appears In Court

Jacob Rodrigues (Credit: Natick Police)

NATICK, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — There is no place for hate in Natick.

That's the reaction from students after they learned that 18-year-old Jacob Rodrigues of Fall River drove through the high school campus shouting racial slurs at students and firing a paintball gun before driving way Wednesday afternoon.

While no one was injured, students say that the paintball gun it looked like a real gun and that the situation was a bit unnerving.

Rodrigues, who formerly attended Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, was arraigned in Natick District court Thursday.

He was released on recognizance, but ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from the school.

Natick Police Lieutenant Cara Rossi says patrols have been beefed up around the high school grounds.

“We wanted the kids and the staff to feel our presence a little bit more, just to ease and calm some nerves [and] be seen,” she said.

WBZ NewsRadio Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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