03/04/2014 05:55 EST | Updated 05/04/2014 05:59 EDT

Manitoba police lay criminal charge against foul-mouthed high school student

BRANDON, Man. - Police in Manitoba have charged a teen with a criminal offence for allegedly spewing swear words in school.

Staff at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary school in Brandon called to report the 17-year-old boy's behaviour on Monday after lunch.

Police say the teen had been screaming and yelling profanities.

He was removed from the building.

He was charged with causing a disturbance by swearing, then released from custody to a parent.

Sgt. Mike Pelechaty (pell-a-CHAT'-ee) says the charge is more typically used when people cause disturbances by fighting or being drunk.

"In this case, I guess the officer felt this charge was appropriate."

Pelechaty said he's not aware of what the teen's tirade was about.

A spokeswoman for the Brandon School Division said the student was "in distress" and it became necessary to call police.

The youth is to appear in court in April.