A high school principal in Philadelphia has been removed from his post by authorities after a teacher was assaulted by three students on Dec. 7.
George Washington High School has witnessed numerous violent incidents recently, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The victim of the latest assault was 41-year-old Brian Swift, who was in his classroom just after 10 a.m. Dec. 7 when three teenagers arrived at the door.
Police said one of the teenagers proceeded to enter the classroom and demand a cellphone from a female student, according to WCAU. After Swift said he was going to call security, the student approached him and punched him in the face.
The teenager’s two companions, who had been locked out by Swift, managed to gain entry to the classroom and joined in the assault.
School security detained the students, and Swift assisted with identifying them before he was taken to the hospital for treatment for facial and rib injuries.
A 16-year-old and 17-year-old were later charged with assault, among other things.
George Washington principal Gene Jones said in an email to staff that he had been “temporarily reassigned.” His replacement was already at the school Dec. 8.
“Given the number of school safety incidents at Washington High School, the School District believes that the reassignment of the principal is necessary in order to quickly reset the school culture and expectations,” Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The school had a large intake of new students this fall, and assistant superintendent Dion Betts suggested that more could have been done to prevent the violent incidents.
“It became a little loose,” Betts told the Inquirer in an interview prior to Jones' removal. “The process of tightening up should have begun prior to the school year.”
Parents have become increasingly concerned about violent incidents, which have broken out between students. Mike Bush said that his son, 14-year-old Sunnie Tahmas, was attacked at the school last week.
“It was just a senseless attack,” Bush said. “Sunnie was coming home and telling us about all this violence, and all of a sudden, it was him."
Tahmas reportedly did not know the students who attacked him, and he ended up needing stitches above his eye. His teeth also no longer line up when he closes his jaw.
"You think you’re sending your kid to school and they’re going to be safe, but maybe they’re not," Bush added.
Along with the new principal, authorities have appointed a climate manager responsible for implementing new rules for students.