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Kindergartner, 6, arrested and charged with battery for kicking principal

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(CBS/AP) SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - A 6-year-old kindergartner was arrested after police say he kicked his Indiana school principal.

According to CBS Cleveland, Shelbyville police were called to Hendricks Elementary School last week after the child physically assaulted principal Pat Lumbley.

According to a police report obtained by CBS Cleveland, the boy  also threatened to kill school officials. Police say when they arrived,  the child was kicking and screaming on the floor. He was then taken into custody .

Assistant principal Jessica Poe led the student to a police car where an officer placed him in the back seat, buckled him in and drove him to the police department, the report said. He was not handcuffed.

The child had recently come back to school after being suspended for hitting and biting a school official, CBS Cleveland reported.

"This was not an isolated incident," Shelbyville Police Lieutenant Michael Turner said.

"In the big picture ... I have to look at school safety and have to look at student safety," Lumbley said.

Lumbley said the district will take care of the child's education for the remainder of the school year.

"We hate this for Hendricks Elementary, hate this for Shelbyville, that this was the news and to be honest with you, I hate it for the family," Lumbley said. "I hate it for the family because they are nice people and they are really working and want what's best for the child."

Lt. Turner said he hoped the filing of juvenile charges would help get the child needed help.

"Putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don't have," Turner said.


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