Former Harrison student pleads guilty to assaulting principal
A former student of Harrison Education Center pled guilty to felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor assault on a school official for assaulting the school’s principal, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.
Because Lashawnte Bright was 17 at the time of the assault, the case was heard in juvenile court. Describing the assault as an “unprovoked attack on someone who should be respected” the judge designated the case for Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction, which means that Bright will be on juvenile probation until she turns 21 and has a stayed adult sentence. Bright was ordered to complete a residential treatment program and faces a 1 year and 1 day adult prison sentence if she violates probation.
“This is a tragic incident. Schools must be a safe place for learning,” said Freeman. “This was a horrible attack on an educator who was doing her job serving youth. We cannot tolerate this type of violence.”
According to the petition, on December 7, Bright was in the cafeteria when the principal asked her to leave because Bright had been suspended and was not allowed at school. The principal picked up Bright’s purse and was walking toward the door when Bright grabbed the principal by the hair, pulled her to the ground and proceeded to punch the principal in the face several times. Other staff members pulled Bright off the principal and Bright left the scene. The principal suffered a concussion and head trauma due to the assault. Her doctor advised her not to return for work following the assault
The principal did not appear at the hearing but wrote a victim impact statement that was read in court.