A staff member from the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School was hospitalized after being assaulted by a student Tuesday morning, the head of school said in a letter to parents.
“This morning, a student engaged in a physical assault of a staff member which multiple students
witnessed,” Interim Head of School Stephanie Sibley began the letter. “The staff member sustained injuries as a result of the incident.”
Boston Police confirmed officers responded to a report of a disturbed person at the Dorchester school at 11:52 a.m., and a Boston EMS spokesperson said they responded to the school “with no associated transports” Tuesday morning.
A BPS spokesperson said the staff member was injured after attempting to deescalate an altercation between two students.
Both school staff and BPS safety services “quickly assisted with de-escalating the incident,” Sibley said. The staff member was taken to the school nurse before being transported to the hospital.
Sibley said the student will face disciplinary action “in accordance with the BPS Code of Conduct,” which states that a student may be suspended for “assault and battery on any person.”
The student may also face disciplinary action from law enforcement, Sibley said, and BPS Safety Services is assisting Boston Police with a follow up on the investigation.
“We are sharing this important update with you as part of our commitment to open communication and transparency,” Sibley wrote. “Please know the safety and security of all students and staff is one of our most important priorities.”
The assault follows a high-profile incident at the Henderson School in March in which several students were hospitalized after consuming edibles and the indictment of a female student in August 2022 for an assault on the Henderson principal and staff member the year prior.