The Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester is closed for the second day in a row Friday as the district works on a plan to return to safety after the principal was seriously injured in a attack.
Principal Patricia Lampron and another unidentified staff member were attacked by a student on Wednesday during a dismissal at Henderson Upper Campus, authorities said. Lampron lost consciousness. The 61-year-old was released from the hospital on Thursday, her family said.
“She will need time and support to recover from her injuries,” the family said Thursday.
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the school would be canceled again Friday in Henderson during the review of the incident on Thursday, as staff consult with teachers and families on how to reopen safely.
School officials held a closed-door meeting with parents of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students at the school Thursday night regarding the incident, Cassellius said.
Superintendent Brenda Cassellius discussed the action taken by the school after a student severely injured the principal of Inclusion School Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 in Dorchester.
“Boston Public Schools do not tolerate violence, we do not condone any of these types of acts. I am so worried and immediately worried for the welfare of Principal Lampron and the entire school community,” Cassellius said.
The superintendent said she hopes to have plans in place by noon Friday on how they can safely return to school next week. The school will open for counseling on Friday and officials are working with nonprofits like the YMCA to provide families with a place to bring their children.
Meanwhile, a police report obtained on Thursday offered new details about what happened, including that a school security officer who helped restrain the student told police that Lampron had been “completely knocked out” for at least four minutes, and when she came to herself she didn’t know where she was and cried uncontrollably.
The report states that the same school security guard and other witnesses saw the principal being punched and having her hair pulled by the student. The student, a minor, has not been publicly identified.
The student admitted to hitting Lampron, according to the police report, and said she got angry because school staff kept following her.
Sources told NBC10 Boston that the student accused of the attack was involved in another brawl last month and that since then a parent has made threats against the principal.
When asked about it, Cassellius said she couldn’t speak to the details amid an ongoing investigation. She also couldn’t discuss what happened in the incident or any potential discipline for the student – although the student is following the district code of conduct.
The principal was hospitalized as a result of the attack and the 16-year-old student was arrested, school officials and police said.
Lampron and another unidentified staff member were attacked on Wednesday during a layoff at Henderson Upper Campus, authorities said. A 16-year-old girl was arrested at the scene and appeared in Dorchester Juvenile Court Thursday for assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, assault and battery causing serious bodily harm, and two counts of assault and battery on an official.
A judge set the bond at $ 5,000 and, upon his release, ordered the student to remain in house arrest. She was told to stay away from the school and not to contact the victim, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
“Everyone deserves to be safe in their workplace, regardless of the type of environment in which they work,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement.
The school was closed Thursday following the incident. Counselors were made available to students and families on Friday, and nonprofits were urged to make room for students who needed a place during the day, Cassellius said.
In a statement, Lampron’s family discussed their passion for the school, their students and the community, and said they expect an investigation into what happened so that students and staff de Henderson remain safe.
“She wants everyone to know that there is NO room for violence in our schools,” the statement said.