A judge today set bail at $5,000 for the Henderson Inclusion School student charged with knocking out the principal and attacking another employee as school let out yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Judge Helen Brown-Bryant agreed with a request from the DA's office that should the 16-year-old make bail, she be required to remain confined at home, with a GPS device on. Her ruling came at the girl's arraignment in Dorchester District Court, juvenile session, on charges of being delinquent for assault and battery on a person over age 60 or disabled resulting in serious bodily injury, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery on a public employee.
WBZ reports that in addition to possible head injuries, Principal Patricia Lampron, 61, also suffered broken ribs in the attack.
According to prosecutors, the girl refused a demand by Lampron to leave the school's upper campus on Croftland Avenue because school was over for the day. The upper campus, which was closed today, has students from second through twelfth grades.
The teen allegedly grabbed the victim’s hair and struck her in the head and face repeatedly with a closed fist. The victim fell to the ground and was rendered unconscious for several minutes.
School safety officers detained the teen until the Boston Police arrived and other school personnel tended to the victim until she was transported by Boston EMS to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
In a statement, DA Rachael Rollins said:
This frightening attack comes amid a rise in violence and aggression against educators and school employees. Teachers working in Lawrence Public Schools have raised serious concerns about violence in their schools. We have heard the stories of violence and threats against educators as they work to provide safe and healthy schools for children to learn and thrive. Sadly, we’ve also heard about a troubling TikTok challenge that has encouraged assaults on educators nationally, though none have been reported in Boston Public Schools. My parents each spent decades of their careers working in Boston Public Schools. The role of teachers and school employees in shaping the lives of our young people cannot be understated. They deserve our gratitude and respect, as well as the protection of the law. My office is here to support them, to hold offenders accountable and to work in partnership to ensure the wellbeing of our educators, students and communities. We are also working to make sure this juvenile gets the treatment and services she clearly needs based on this violent, unprovoked attack.