Patricia Lampron, the principal at the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was beaten unconscious by a 16-year-old student on Wednesday. Classes were closed on Thursday following the incident and police are continuing to investigate this violent attack.
According to witnesses, the attack happened Wednesday during dismissal. The student told Lampron and another staff member to “stop following her,” before attacking. The principal ended up getting punched in the head before the 16-year-old girl turned her attention on the other staff member.
Police were called to the scene at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found the Dorchester principal being attended to by other teachers. The student was in the custody of school safety officers before being turned over to Boston Police.
Patricia Lampron was unconscious for several minutes before she was taken to the hospital. The principal suffered a head injury along with some broken ribs. She is expected to recover. The other adult’s injuries were less severe.
“This violent behavior will not be tolerated,” Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement. “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.”
The student is expected to appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court today and will be facing charges of assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery causing serious injury along with two counts of assault and battery on a public employee.
Following the attack on her mother, MaryKate Lampron issued a statement on behalf of her family. The young woman wrote on Facebook and said, “Today our mother, Patricia Lampron, was violently attacked at school and seriously injured by a student. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she is being assessed and treated for her injuries.”
The daughter went on to say that “anyone who knows her knows how passionate she is about this school, it’s students and the Henderson School community. Our primary concern is her health and safety. She will need time and support to recover from her injuries. 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.”
According to the school’s website, the Upper Campus of the Henderson School, which teaches students in grades 2 through 12, promotes inclusion along with a diverse and accommodating learning environment.
Even though classes were closed on Thursday, many parents still brought their kids to school unaware of the violence that took place the previous day. The students had to be turned away by staff. School officials said that a crisis team and other school staff would be available to students on Friday if the young people had any questions or needed help dealing with the tragic attack.
“While this specific incident remains under investigation, it is important to affirm that educators, parents, students, administrators, and the community are in strong agreement that violence of any kind in our schools is always unacceptable,” said Erik Berg vice president of the Boston Teachers Union.
Some are calling for an end to violence at Boston public schools. Reverend Eugene Rivers, who founded the Violence Reduction Task Force, said that violent attacks are a problem at Boston schools and that in underfunded communities, a lot of the violence goes unreported.
He is calling on Mayor-elect Michelle Wu to help stop the school violence in Boston.
He said, “This astonishing act of violence must not be ignored. We appeal to Mayor-elect Michelle Wu to visit some of the schools in the poorest Black sections of the city to see what is happening and to listen to what the Boston Police deal with on a day-to-day basis.”