A Washtucna principal is being investigated for allegedly sitting on a student who was wearing a hat in school against school policy.
Adams County Undersheriff John Hunt said the incident allegedly happened May 7 and was reported to sheriff's officials May 16 by the 14-year-old boy's grandparents. The victim said he wasn't permanently injured.
Washtucna Superintendent Bob Allen told the Herald that the student was wearing a hat in school against school policy. And the teen was lying on benches in the school hallway, "which he was not supposed to do."
Principal Glenn Martin allegedly sat on the teen while he was on the bench.
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Allen said the incident is under investigation by the school, but noted that Martin wasn't at school Tuesday and Wednesday.
"He is not at school presently," Allen said Wednesday. "He is likely not to be while students are here."
The district has not taken action against Martin, but Allen said he expects Martin will not return to school before the year ends. The last day of classes is June 8.
"The investigation may take that long," he said.
Allen said he first heard of the incident May 8, but he was in Portland. When he returned to the district two days later, he started looking into the incident and contacted lawyers for legal advice.
The incident was not reported to the sheriff's office by district officials, Allen said.
Martin has been principal at Washtucna School since 2002, according to information on the district's website. He served as interim superintendent in 2008 and 2009.
A sheriff's deputy is investigating the assault complaint and will forward a report to the prosecutor for review for possible charges, Hunt said.
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