Former student pleads guilty to assaulting principal at Minneapolis school


A former student at the Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to assault after she was charged with grabbing the principal by her hair, pulling her to the ground and punching her in the face several times.

The woman, who was 17 at the time of the assault, was charged in juvenile court with felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor assault in the incident that occurred on Dec. 7, 2015.

She pleaded guilty on Friday to what the judge described as an "unprovoked attack on someone who should be respected," the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says.

The former student was ordered to complete a residential treatment program and is on juvenile probation until she's 21. If she violates probation, she faces a one year and one day adult prison sentence.

“This is a tragic incident. Schools must be a safe place for learning,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in the release. “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 charges against her, she was in the cafeteria when the principal asked her to leave because she had been suspended and wasn't allowed in school.

The principal picked up the girl's purse and was walking towards the door when charges say she assaulted the principal, causing a concussion and head trauma. The principal was advised not to return to work following the assault, charges say.

The Harrison Education Center, located in north Minneapolis, caters to students with severe emotional or behavioral disorders, the Star Tribune notes.

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