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Female student, 16, knocks out principal with punches to her head; student's mother threatened principal the previous night, police say

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A 16-year-old female student knocked out her principal with punches to her head after dismissal at a Boston school Wednesday afternoon — and a police report said the student's mother threatened the 61-year-old principal the previous night.

What are the details?

Police said an officer assigned to a safety post outside the Upper Campus of the Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School was alerted around 2:30 p.m. to a "very violent attack" under way inside the school, WCVB-TV reported.

The officer found Principal Patricia Lampron unconscious on the ground with staff members attending to her, the station said, adding in its video report that witnesses told police Lampron was unconscious for four minutes. Sources told WBZ-TV that Lampron is 61 years old.

Witnesses told police the student told Lampron and a staff member to stop following her, after which the student threw closed-fist punches at Lampron's head while grabbing her hair, WCVB said, adding that the student also attacked the staff member.

Two school safety officers were holding the student by the time a Boston police officer arrived inside the school, the station said.

What happened to the principal?

Lampron suffered a concussion and possible rib fracture as well as swelling to her face and the back of her head, WCVB said, citing a police report. Her injuries are serious but not considered life-threatening, police added to the station.

The principal was taken to an area hospital, WCVB reported, citing Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, who added that the district is in contact with Lampron's family and said many students, staff, parents, and caregivers witnessed the assault.

Police said the unnamed staff member the student also attacked suffered injuries but is expected to be OK, the station said.

What happened to the student?

Boston police said the student faces one count of assault and battery on a victim over the age of 60, one count of assault causing serious bodily injury, and two counts of assault and battery on a public employee, WCVB said.

WCVB reported later that the student was released into her mother's custody. The station noted that the student will be arraigned Thursday in Dorchester Juvenile Court.

In addition, WCVB said a police report indicated the student's mother threatened the principal the night before the incident.

Anything else?

"This incident is disturbing and completely unacceptable," Cassellius said in a message sent to students' families, the station said. "We want to be clear: Violence of any kind is not tolerated and will not be tolerated in the Boston Public Schools."

Thursday classes are canceled for students at the Henderson Upper Campus, the superintendent added her message, WCVB noted, adding that the Lower Campus is open for classes Thursday.

Cassellius also said members of the BPS Safety and Crisis teams, as well as other support personnel, will be available for students and staff as long as needed when students return Friday to the Upper Campus, the station said.

The Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School serves children from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and ability backgrounds, WCVB reported, adding that students who have disabilities learn in general education classrooms with their non-disabled peers.

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