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Recent assaults at Boston schools involved students using city-issued Chromebooks as weapons

Boston Public Schools
  • School officials from the Boston Public Schools district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate physical assaults that involved school-issued Google Chromebooks.
  • The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury.
  • The first reported incident took place at Richard Murphy School on April 28, when a seventh-grader was struck in the head and face with a Chromebook.
  • Karen Pham, the mother of the victim, said the attack left her daughter bloodied and so injured that she needed five stitches at the hospital.
  • Another female student was reportedly struck at least six times in the head with a Chromebook at Joyce Kilmer School on May 2. The victim said she was attacked by a former friend and was hospitalized due to a concussion following the incident.
  • Authorities responded to Boston Latin Academy on May 3 after a girl was accused of hitting a boy with a Chromebook on the head over a classroom seat dispute.

School officials from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate incidents from late April to early May that involved students being physically assaulted with laptops.

The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury, according to reports. All three assailants were accused of using Google Chromebooks provided to them by their respective public schools.