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Some Henderson School Students Returning To Class Days After Principal Attacked

BOSTON (CBS) – Part of the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester reopened Monday, five days after the principal was brutally attacked there.

Children in grades 2 through 6 went back to class with the start of a new safety plan. Kids in grades 7 to 12 will return Tuesday.

"I was devastated and really sad, I hope this never happens again at this school," a young student said. "I feel safe now with the protocols."

Principal Patricia Lampron, 61, is recovering at home after being knocked unconscious on November 3 for several minutes by a 16-year-old student police say was asked to leave at dismissal time. The student, who claims she was being provoked, was charged with assault and battery and sent to a juvenile detention facility. The school was closed Thursday and Friday.

In an email to Henderson parents Friday, Boston Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius says there will be more safety staff when students return this week, additional counseling in and out of school, better shared communication with parents, and more crisis prevention training.

"This will include greeting students as they arrive via bus or on foot, connecting with them quickly and ensuring they are moving into the building and to their homerooms," Cassellius said. "Members of the Boston Police Department will also be visibly present in the area and available if needed."

"I'm good to go with my son going into school today," said parent Issa Bibbins. "We're going to say a prayer like we do every morning and that will be that."

"I just hope that more protocols can be put in place and the administration can continue to find different ways to make sure that teachers are safe, that students are safe, that children are getting all the mental healthcare that they need," Bibbins added.

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