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Minor Daniels Academy principal, staff member assaulted in separate incidents

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Minor Daniels Academy principal Donald Dillard (left) gives a media tour of the school on Oct. 14, 2015. Minor Daniels Academy principal Donald Dillard (left) gives a media tour of the school on Oct. 14, 2015.
Copy of the workers compensation form, obtained by WDRB through an open records request. Copy of the workers compensation form, obtained by WDRB through an open records request.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The principal of Minor Daniels Academy and a staff member at the school were assaulted in separate incidents earlier this month, records show.

Donald Dillard, who took over as principal at the reconfigured school, was “addressing a student” on Nov. 17 when the student struck him in the head with a closed fist, according to a JCPS worker's compensation reporting form filled out by the school's secretary.

"Employee was knocked sideways and hit back of head on concrete wall," the report states, noting that Dillard received a bruised jaw and sought medical treatment, but EMS was not called.

The following day, an instructor at the school, Nicholius Brown, was assaulted by another student, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department incident report.

In that incident, a student in a fight was “coming for the other student and struck staff in his back. Above student caused alarm to other student and school operations,” according to the police report.

The reports were obtained Monday under Kentucky’s open records law.

The 13-year-old student involved in the Nov. 18 incident was charged with felony third degree assault and disorderly conduct.

It is not known if the student involved in Dillard's assault was charged with a crime, but according to the district's code of conduct, the minimal consequence for fighting or striking faculty, staff or other officials should result in at least a short-term suspension of one to three days.

WDRB News first learned about an incident at Minor Daniels Academy on Nov. 18, but at the time, JCPS spokeswoman Bonnie Hackbarth said the district was not aware of any incidents involving an assault on a staff member that week.

However, after the incident showed up in an online crime report on Monday, WDRB again requested information about any similar events at the school.

In response, Hackbarth provided a copy of Dillard's workers compensation report. When asked why the district wasn't aware of the incident involving Dillard on Nov. 17, Hackbarth said she didn't know.

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Monday the reason why WDRB didn't receive a report about the incident when it was requested the week of Nov. 16 is because the officer didn't file the report until a few days ago.

Dillard, who filed charges against the student who struck him, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

WDRB is attempting to locate the incident report involving Dillard.

The two incidents come a month after WDRB reported about several incidents at Minor Daniels Academy that have occurred since the beginning of the year. One of those involved a student locking a teacher in a closet, another in which a teacher had her car stolen.

Minor Daniels Academy is the combined middle and high school on Bashford Manor Lane that JCPS is using in an effort to reshape alternative education in the district.

"I had a student threaten to shoot me when I left school and even told me the caliber of gun he was gonna use," said Craig McCrary, a teacher at Minor Daniels, previously told WDRB.

McCrary said the kids constantly harass teachers and use profanity.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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