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TEWKSBURY -- A local high-school student is undergoing a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, after police say she punched Tewksbury Memorial High School Principal Patricia Lally in the head. Elizabeth A. Hamlett, 17, of 987 Main St., has been charged with two counts of assault and battery on a public employee, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, three counts of threatening to commit a crime and one count of disorderly count.
Following her arraignment in Lowell District Court on Friday, Hamlett was committed to Westboro State Hospital so doctors could determine her "competency and criminal responsibility," according to court documents.
Police officers were first called to the high school shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. School administrators reported that Hamlett punched Lally, kicked a guidance counselor and spat at a hall monitor after repeatedly refusing to return to class after an MCAS exam, the court documents say.
They also said that she shoved and spat at the officers who responded.
It was not clear if anyone required medical attention, as police logs and court documents made no mention of it, and neither Tewksbury police nor School Superintendent Christine McGrath would comment. McGrath said it is her policy not to publicly discuss administrative actions involving students.
Hamlett is due back in Lowell District Court on Dec. 3 for a status hearing.
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