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Guilty: Student Attacked Principal With Wooden Staff And Spear

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A high school student from Washington state pleaded guilty for attacking a principal with a wooden staff and a spear of glass, according to The Associated Press Thursday.

Lamont P. Oakhurst, 17, pleaded guilty after he charged after John Sager Middle School Principal Dale Stopperan, severing part of his ear and injuring his knee and elbow in June, according to the report. The Walla Walla Superior Court charged Lamont with second-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief.

Oakhurst, who carried out the attack with his 19-year-old brother Jaymond Oakhurst, also hit school employee Lucinda Fish in the chest. She was not injured from the assault.

Lamont claimed they were motivated to carry out the attack since their caretaker was dying, and they wanted to bail their sister out of school and run away, the Yakima Herald reported. The two boys carried out the attack by breaking through reinforced glass in a window at the school. The two boys were chased out of the school by school officials with baseball bats.

The brothers attended College Place High School, located adjacent to the middle school. Charges against Jaymond, who was an eleventh-grader at the high school, were dropped on Nov. 6 due to mental incompetency.

“Nobody is immune to school violence,” College Place Police Chief Troy Tomaras said following the attack, according to My Columbia Basin. “Not even small towns like College Place.”

Lamont’s sentencing is expected Monday.

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