WAHS student jailed for allegedly assaulting principal

A Williamsport Area High School senior was locked up on assault-related charges after she attacked a principal at the school Wednesday morning by “jumping on his back and scratching and clawing at his neck,” city police alleged in court papers.

Deshaun Nadege Innocent, 18, of 1635 Andrews Place, was arrested at the high school at 2290 W. Fourth St. following the alleged assault that took place about 9:30 a.m., according to Patrolman Jason Bolt.

She has been charged with aggravated and simple assault, disorderly conduct and possession of a weapon on school property. She had in her possession a small device with sharp points on her keychain, police said.

Also arrested was a 16-year-old male sophomore, who faces similar charges in the assault of principal Jeffrey Robbins, Bolt said.

The 16-year-old’s name was not released because he is a juvenile, Bolt said.

The two students were yelling and screaming in a hallway, and the situation suddenly escalated when Robbins grabbed the girl, Bolt said.

“Don’t (expletive) touch her,” the 16 year-old told the principal as he jumped in front of him. When Robbins grabbed hold of the boy by the shoulder and arm, Innocent jumped on the principal’s back and said “Get the (expletive) off of him,” according to Bolt, who assisted staff in getting the two students under control.

Robbins suffered a swelling red bruise “the entire length of his neck” and was treated at the school’s infirmary, Bolt said.

Following her arraignment before District Judge James Carn, Innocent, who already is on juvenile probation for theft, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The 16-year-old, who will be petitioned into juvenile court, was committed to the Tioga County Juvenile Detention Center in Wellsboro.