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Principal assaulted at Springfield Middle School

September 19, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

A 14-year-old Springfield Middle School student was charged with second-degree assault Thursday after he allegedly pushed Principal Roger Stenersen and became "verbally abusive" with him, police said.

Stenersen called the student to his office about 12:18 p.m. Thursday after the boy allegedly used foul language on a school bus, said Sgt. Doug Mullendore of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The boy became upset and pushed Stenersen back with his hands, said Mullendore.

School officials called the Sheriff's Department following the incident, Mullendore said.

The Sheriff's Department charged the boy with second-degree assault, but the case is being referred to the state Department of Juvenile Justice, Mullendore said.

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The boy was released to the custody of his parents Thursday.

Stenersen, who was not hurt in the incident, declined to comment.

Joseph Millward, superintendent of pupil personnel and guidance, could not comment on the boy's case. But Millward said said students can be suspended for being charged with second-degree assault.

"This is a big deal. This is Washington County, not New York City. We don't get a lot of this," said Millward.

Mullendore said he believes this is the first assault on a teacher this year. There were a couple last year, Mullendore said.

"They're usually minor in nature," Mullendore said.

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