Student charged with assault

Published 10:21 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Norfolk student who attends a regional program for students with disabilities at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Suffolk has been charged with assault and battery of a school official.

Lorenzo Lamont Sumler Jr., 18, was arrested Tuesday and faces an arraignment at 9 a.m. March 21, according to online court records. The staff member was not injured, according to city spokeswoman Diana Klink.

According to Bethanne Bradshaw, spokeswoman for Suffolk Public Schools, Sumler is not a Suffolk Public Schools student, but is a Norfolk Public Schools student who travels to the Southeastern Cooperative Education Program.

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SECEP is a regional program for certain students with disabilities, and is independent of Suffolk Public Schools, Bradshaw said.

Officers responded to the school around 7:45 a.m. for a report of a disturbance, Klink said.

Following a preliminary investigation, Klink said Sumler “had been disruptive, refused to leave the premises when instructed to do so, and physically assaulted a male staff member.”

Sumler was also charged with trespassing, Klink said.