According to the police officials, the 61-year-old public school principal was left unconscious and hospitalized after she was allegedly attacked by a 16-year-old female student in front of other staff, students and parents. Authorities say the 61-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The woman was attacked on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Her name is Patricia Lampron and she is the principal at Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School in Massachusetts. Police said the 61-year-old educator reportedly suffered a head injury and broken ribs in the alleged attack. Another unnamed staff member was also allegedly assaulted.
Police said the 16-year-old female student was arrested on two counts of assault and battery, including on a person over 60, causing serious injury. Before the assault, the female student told Lampron and the other assaulted school employee to stop following her.
The episode led to a swift response from school officials. Superintendent Brenda Cassellius released the following statement:
“This violent behavior will not be tolerated. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority at Boston Public Schools. I am personally involved and am ensuring we are taking immediate and swift action.”
Members of the school’s Safety Team and Crisis Team will be available to students on Friday. It remains unclear why the female student set on the principal and a second educator and whether there had been prior incidents. This incident remains under investigation. This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.