BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — School will be canceled for the second day in a row on Friday at the Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester, after a teenage student allegedly beat a school administrator unconscious there on Wednesday. The Suffolk District Attorney's Office shed more light on the incident on Thursday evening.
The 16-year-old girl was arraigned in juvenile court on Thursday, and is being held on $5,000 bail.
The administrator, Patricia Lampron, is the Upper School principal of the Henderson School. As she is a juvenile, the teenager has not been identified.
Suffolk County D.A. Rachael Rollins said the alleged assault happened outside the Henderson School at about 2:30 PM on Wednesday. She said a staff member — later identified as Lampron — went up to the teenager and asked her to leave the school grounds. Then, the teen allegedly grabbed Lampron by the hair and began to punch her in the head and face, knocking her unconscious for several minutes.
Lampron was brought to Brigham and Women's Hospital for treatment, though she was eventually released. By Thursday afternoon, school officials told reporters that Lampron was discharged and recovering at home.
The unnamed teenager is facing a slew of assault and battery charges, including assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery causing serious injury, and assault and battery on a public employee.
If she posts bail, the judge in the case said the student must stay away from Lampron and the school, submit to GPS tracking, and remain under house arrest.
"Our top priority right now is the health and safety of our students, and making sure that our faculty is prepared to return," said Superintendent Brenda Cassellius in a press appearance Thursday afternoon.
MaryKate Lampron, the principal's daughter, released a public statement on the attack on Wednesday. "We expect a full investigation into the circumstances of the assault to assure the safety of all the students, staff and teachers in the Henderson School Community. She wants everyone to know that there is NO place for violence in our schools," she said.