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Barker student charged with assault on school bus

TOWN OF SOMERSET – An 18-year-old Barker Central School student was arrested last week on assault charges following a fight on a school bus.

State Police on Monday said they charged the unnamed male suspect with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

The young man reportedly injured another student after attacking him last Tuesday afternoon on the school bus.

Brad Pritchard, principal of Barker Junior/Senior High School, would not discuss the consequences the student will face with anyone beyond the teen’s parents. Pritchard said, “The matter was handled appropriately within our code of conduct.”

He said the district does consider the school bus an extension of its school property.

According to the district’s published policy, a student involved in fighting on a bus can be denied the privilege of riding on the bus. Fighting also may result in suspension or in-school suspension.

The student was arraigned in the Town of Somerset and released on his own recognizance.