Mulberry Man Punches Principal In Face, Police Say

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A high school principal recovered from minor injuries Tuesday after police said he was attacked by an angry grandparent.

Principal Jason Moore was all smiles at the Mulberry High School Volleyball game Tuesday night. Just hours before police say a grandparent punched him in the face.

“I think he hit him once with the back of his hand and swung at him maybe a couple times,” said Aaron Medlock, an eyewitness. “He just flew off the handle.”

Police say the school took down a pole in the doorway in order to get a referee stand inside the gymnasium. Officers say the pole fell on a man holding his grandchild. An eyewitness says the pole hit the child.

“That person became quite angry and basically took it out on the principal,” said Sgt. Gerald Bailey, with the Mulberry Police Department.

Investigators say the child is fine. Police confirm the principal was hit multiple times.

“He was just trying to get away from him looked to me like,” said Medlock.

Investigators say a maintenance man intervened and broke it up.

5NEWS spoke with both the superintendent and the principal Tuesday night. They refused to talk on camera about the incident.

Police say they have a suspect, but have not released his name. “Well, it's kind of a wild deal you know,” said Medlock.

Officers say the principal suffered minor injuries. He did not go to the hospital.       

Police say the person responsible could face a battery charge.