By MADELINE BUCKLEY - Follow me @Mabuckley88
South Bend Tribune
7:07 PM EDT, September 18, 2012
SOUTH BEND -- Police arrested two city middle school students for assault Monday, one of whom is accused of punching the school principal in the face.
South Bend police said officers were called to Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School at 528 S. Eddy St. Thursday for a fight in the cafeteria.
Police said Principal Byron Sanders and another school official had tried to break up the fight between the teenage girls around 1 p.m.
One of the girls punched Sanders, 38, in the face when he tried to intervene, witnesses told police.
Police took the girls, 13 and 14, to the Juvenile Justice Center on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
Police said the girls did not suffer injuries.
School punishment for assault to an adult is a five-day out-of-school suspension and possible expulsion, according to the school's code of conduct.
The code of conduct also says the school automatically refers such cases to the police.
Sue Coney, spokeswoman for the South Bend Community School Corp., said incidents such as this occur infrequently.
"The students will be facing disciplinary action," Coney said.
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