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Family Sues After School Principal Allegedly Assaulted Son, Dug Nails Into His Skin

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Reagan Reese on November 29, 2022

The family of a boy who was assaulted by a school principal in Des Moines filed a lawsuit against that district on Monday.

The lawsuit obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation claims that Hiatt Middle School Principal Joseph Green screamed at Laquisha Fountain’s son on Nov. 16, grabbed him repeatedly, and dug his nails into the student’s skin, leaving bruises. The school put Green on leave on Nov. 16 and the Des Moines police have opened an investigation into an assault at the school, according to KCCI News.

“The family is troubled by the conduct of the school and principal,” Ben Lynch, the attorney representing Fountain, told the DCNF. “They have contacted me to seek justice and hold all relevant parties accountable.”


The school did not disclose Green’s reason for administrative leave and the police department did not specify who they are investigating in relation to the assault, KCCI News reported.

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“He tells me sometimes that it plays over and over in his head and he can’t stop thinking about it,” Fountain told KCCI News.

The assault was allegedly caught on camera and since the assault, Fountain’s son has moved to remote learning because he does not feel comfortable at the school, KCCI News reported.

“The principal is actually supposed to be there to protect the students,” Fountain told the outlet. “So, for this to actually be the principal, I don’t even want my son to step foot into another public school.”


Des Moines School District, the Des Moines Police Department did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

Family Sues After School Principal Allegedly Assaulted Son, Dug Nails Into His Skin

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