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Student accused of punching assistant principal

Rochester Police Department

Rochester police called to John Adams Middle School on Monday.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 9:58 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – An 11-year-old student is facing charges after police say he knocked out the assistant principal at John Adams Middle School.

Officers were called to the school around 11:20 am Monday and administrators told them a boy was being disruptive in the pool during class. School faculty had removed other students from the area and say they tried to calm the boy down but he continued to misbehave, throwing clothes and staff radios into the pool.

School staff say when the student finally got out of the pool, he punched the John Adams assistant principal in the face, causing her to drop to the ground and lose consciousness. That is when police were called.

Authorities say it took a few attempts to contact the student’s father, who they describe as uncooperative, but he eventually came to the school and escorted his son out of the building.

The 11-year-old is facing charges of 3rd degree assault, 4th degree assault on a school official, 5th degree assault, and disorderly conduct.

The assistant principal went to the hospital to have herself checked out for a concussion. She also told Rochester police that this is the second time she was attacked by the same student. She says he punched her in October, causing her to pass out, but they did not report it to law enforcement.

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