NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk charter school was briefly put on lock-down Monday afternoon after a 15-year-old boy entered the building and assaulted two teachers.
The independent Side By Side Charter School, 10 Chestnut St., functions independently and is not part of the Norwalk Public Schools.
According to a Norwalk Police Department press release, police received a call at 2:48 p.m. about a disturbance at the school after the boy entered the Side By Side annex building through a rear external classroom door, walked through the classroom and then into the lobby area.
The boy was being escorted out of the building by a male teacher, but punched the teacher in the face. When a second teacher intervened, the teen punched him as well, then left the school building.
Upon arrival less than a minute after getting the call, the release said, officers spotted the boy, who ran toward the rear of the school, climbing over the wooden railing of a portable classroom deck in the process. Officers caught and arrested teen in the school’s parking lot.
Believing the suspect might be on some type of drug or drugs, police took to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation.
No serious injuries were sustained by the two school staff members, the release said.
Witnesses told police the suspect initially pounded on one door but then entered a classroom through a second door, which was closed but whose lock was not fully engaged.
The suspect was charged with Criminal Trespass on School Grounds, Risk of Injury to a Minor, two counts of Assault 3rd degree and Possession of Marijuana – less than .5 grams. He was issued a juvenile summons and released to his grandmother.
He is due in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.