BOSTON – Principal Tricia Lampron of the Dr. William K. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School has been hospitalized after being assaulted by a student on the school’s upper campus, said the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Brenda Cassellius, in message to families Wednesday. Another staff member was also assaulted.
Cassellius said the assault happened Wednesday afternoon during the dismissal of the Croftland Ave school in Dorchester. Principal Lampron was rushed to hospital. Her daughter tells us Thursday morning that Lampron is recovering at home.
Several parents told Boston 25 News that she had suffered the brunt of the attack and was unconscious. Boston Police said a 16-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, causing bodily harm causing serious bodily harm, and two counts of assault. and injuries to an official.
âMany students, staff, parents and caregivers witnessed this incident. This incident is worrying and totally unacceptable, âCassellius wrote on Wednesday. âWe want to be clear: Violence of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Boston public schools. “
As a result, the school will be canceled on the upper campus for Thursday, November 4th. The lower campus will remain open. This decision was made, “out of the greatest caution and to allow time to plan more with the staff.” Staff will be on hand to plan how to support students when the school reopens on Friday.
âOn Friday, when the students return to campus, members of our security team, our BPS crisis team and other support staff will be available at Henderson Upper Campus to support students and staff for as long as necessary to restore the stability of the learning environment. “Cassellius announced.
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Parents said recent threats to staff members and a school lockdown add to security concerns.
âShe cried for help at this school and it fell on deaf ears,â said Michelle Mullaly, whose daughter has special needs. âI need to feel safe sending my child to school. I don’t think she’s safe in this building.
All students involved in the violent attack will be sanctioned by the BPS as well as law enforcement, Lower Campus director Amy Gailunas wrote following the incident.
âThis violent behavior will not be tolerated. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority in Boston Public Schools, âCassellius wrote on Wednesday. âI am personally involved and make sure we take immediate and swift action. “
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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