Student arrested for assaulting staff member at program housed by Suffolk school

Posted at 6:34 AM, Mar 14, 2019

SUFFOLK, Va. – An 18-year-old student was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from the assault of a male staff member at a program housed at a Suffolk school.

Lorenzo Lamont Sumler, Jr.

Around 7:45 a.m., officers responded to the Southeastern Cooperative Education Program (SECEP) in the 2300 block of East Washington Street for a disturbance.

Authorities say Lorenzo Lamont Sumler, Jr. had been disruptive and refused to leave the premises when told to do so. This is when he physically assaulted the staff member.

Sumler was then arrested on charges that include Assault & Battery – School Official, and Trespassing.

A spokesperson with Suffolk Public Schools said the SECEP is housed at one of the district’s schools. It is a regional program for certain students with disabilities and is independent of Suffolk Public Schools.

The spokesperson said Sumler is a Norfolk Public Schools student who travels to the center.

At this time, it is not known what disciplinary actions Sumler will face.

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