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(Source: WBZ CBS Boston)

Classes have been canceled Thursday for the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester, Massachusetts after a sixteen-year-old student allegedly attacked two staff members during dismissal Wednesday, with one later hospitalized having sustained injuries from the attack.

Upper Campus principal Patricia Lampron was found unconscious on the ground being aided by staff members when Boston police arrived on the scene, according to WBZ CBS Boston.

Lampron, 61, was taken to the hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries including broken ribs and a head injury, CBS Boston reported.

The other faculty member involved was allegedly struck by the same student, though it remains unclear what, if any injuries were sustained.

The aggressor is allegedly a sixteen-year-old girl who was arrested on two counts of assault and battery, including on a person over 60, according to police. The girl will be arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court on assault and battery charges.

“This violent behavior will not be tolerated. 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,” Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.

Cassellius canceled classes Thursday out of an abundance of caution for the safety of students and faculty, noting that violence will not be tolerated.

“This incident is disturbing and completely unacceptable. We want to be clear: Violence of any kind is not tolerated and will not be tolerated in the Boston Public Schools,” Cassellius stated.

The Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School is attended by students in grades 2-12. When campus re-opens Friday, the Boston Public Schools crisis team and other support staff will be available to students and teachers, CBS Boston reported.

The debate over the need for police and other security officers in schools was reignited following this attack, with many Twitter users arguing that this could have been utterly preventable if police were present on campus.

“O for gods sake. What was needed was a police officer. It’s assault and battery. The behavioral stuff is all well and good but protection of staff has to be the priority,” one woman wrote on Twitter.

“That’s good security right there. Maybe they should re-evaluate the schools security staff & protocols.” another said.

“I noticed they said they will re open with security. Huh. Teachers union may have needed this literal slap in the face to understand police are important,” a user added.

Others thought that the girl who allegedly committed the crime should be tried as an adult.

It is unclear whether or not security will become a permanent fixture at the school, or if law enforcement will only remain on campus Friday in wake of the violent events.

Kay Apfel

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