Christopher Bonn, 40, the principal of Sahuaro High School in the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on a misdemeanor assault charge for hitting a 16-year-old boy, according to Tucson’s CBS affiliate, KPHO on Wednesday.
The incident involving Bonn and the boy also involved Bonn’s stepdaughter as Bonn realized that his stepdaughter snuck out of the Bonn home sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Bonn waited for his stepdaughter to return home, which she did at about 4 a.m. Bonn saw the two parked near his home at that time, and he approached the vehicle.
According to Bonn, he thought the young man was reaching for something in the center console of the vehicle and thought it might be that he was reaching for a gun. That’s when the principal punched him in the face to prevent him from getting a gun and shooting. The young man, however, claims that Bonn swung the vehicle’s door open while yelling at him, and then struck him without being provoked to do so.
Bonn was cited for the incident and released by the Tucson Police Department. While an investigation continues, the Tucson School District has put the principal on home assignment.
The written statement by the school district states that the protection of the students is a priority for the school district and any behavior that threatens that protection is completely inappropriate and unacceptable. The statement also said that while the altercation was an off-duty incident that occurred outside of any school district property, the school district is putting Bonn on home assignment to ensure the students are safe at school.