Council takes up school violence

The Boston City Council is taking a hard look at school safety after incidents of violence by students in recent weeks have caused concern over the mental well-being of children and teenagers returning to educational institutions following more than a year of COVID shutdowns.

Most recently, on Nov. 3 at the Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester, a 16-year-old female student was arrested after assaulting Principal Patricia Lampron during dismissal. Lampron, who was punched with a closed fist by the student, was hospitalized following the incident, having sustained injuries that included a concussion. Another staffer was also pushed during the altercation.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius, in a robocall to parents announcing the school would close for the remainder of the week, denounced the behavior, saying it “will not be tolerated.” In a letter to the school community later that week, Cassellius announced plans

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