The student, a boy, was charged with fifth-degree felony assault. Under Ohio’s criminal code, an assault charge is elevated to a felony if the victim is a school administrator and the assault occurs on school grounds.
Principal Jeff Goodwin told law enforcement he called the boy into his office after he witnessed the student allegedly assault another student, according to an Erie County sheriff’s report.
In the principal’s office, the boy became “extremely angry,” allegedly picked up a partially filled water bottle and tried to punch Goodwin in the head with the bottle, the report states. Goodwin was able to block the blow.
The sheriff’s office arrested the boy, notified his family and took him to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.