A third-grade student in Waterbury was arrested after a fight inside the gym at an elementary school in front of almost the whole student body.
"He was punching the student. It seemed unprovoked. The vice principal intervened and tried to restrain him," said Waterbury police Deputy Chief Chris Corbett. "At that point, he began punching her in the chest, pulling her hair and kicking her. Two other teachers had to intervene."
An unidentified student at Duggan Elementary was charged with second-degree breach of peace and was suspended for three days last week.
"Certainly arresting a juvenile is not our first option," Corbett said. "In this particular case, it was our final choice because he was so aggressive. It took three adults to restrain him. The level of violence was so high."
Police said no one was seriously injured during the incident; however, the vice principal did complain about bruising and soreness.
Waterbury School District's Chief Operating Officer Paul Guidone said the child's actions before his suspension were concerning.
"He had similar incidents in nature, but not to this magnitude," Guidone said.
Guidone said the child returned to classes Monday in a new school and has had no problems since returning.
"Unfortunately we've seen escalation of aggressive behavior of younger and younger children," he said.
Parents and his former peers weren't pleased to hear what happened.
"I'm actually appalled," said Yamalit Cova, who has a first-grader and kindergartner at Duggan Elementary School. "I think they should've let the parents know what was going on."
"So many angry little kids out there. It's shocking," Carla Santiago, whose sister attends Duggan Elementary School.
Police said the student was not sent to jail and will appear in juvenile court. He could receive counseling and the boy and his parents will likely meet with school officials in the near future.
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