Police: Assault at High School Involved Two Students [Updated]

A 20-year-old Naugatuck man is arrested in relation to the alleged incident.

Naugatuck High School is located at 543 Rubber Ave. Credit: Patch File Photo
Naugatuck High School is located at 543 Rubber Ave. Credit: Patch File Photo
[Editor's note: this article was updated to include additional information from police that was not immediately available at the original time of publication.]

A Naugatuck High student was arrested Friday after he allegedly slammed another student to the ground inside the Rubber Avenue school.

According to police, the arrest was made after a School Resource Officer responded to a disturbance at 12:43 p.m. on Jan. 17.

Police identified the student arrested as Joshua Bermudez, 20, of Harvest Lane. He was charged with third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata, the department spokesman, said the 17-year-old victim lost consciousness after being slammed to the floor. He was picked up by his parents, who brought him to the hospital to be examined, Cammarata said.

Interim Superintendent of Schools James A. Connelly did not return calls requesting comment Tuesday.

Bermudez was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Jan. 30.

jeannie armstrong January 20, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Noone said he was integrated with the other students....possible he was not a student there?
MnM6212001 January 20, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Students are allowed to stay in high school until they are 21, maybe he just hasn't graduated yet.
townee January 20, 2014 at 01:44 PM
There can be a few reasons why a student is at the HS at age 20... The student didn't start kindergarten until after the age of 5 and has an early (January) birthday; the student came from another districts that retains students (possibly multiple time - some inner cities can retain up to 3 times while still in elementary school), the student is in special education, there are many reasons.... Don't always assume that Naugatuck has done something wrong....
Robert Lee January 20, 2014 at 02:25 PM
I hung around with a guy that was 20 before he finally gave up and quit school. He really wasn't dumb, I think lazy would be a better description. And his parents did NOT force him to study and try to get better grades.
citizen January 20, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Well, if it was inside, he was most likely a student.
chuck January 20, 2014 at 09:07 PM
This punk has more to worry about than these current assault charges. In December he was pinched by NPD on other charges. They have yet to be disposed of by the Waterbury GA-4 courts. So this creep has been busy doing things other than homework (if in fact he is some sort of student). Who needs clowns like this terrorizing students. Don't ever let this disgrace of a person back into the halls of NHS. It doesn't look like he's on his way to becoming a nuclear physicist, does it?? Get him the hell outta there. After you go to prison, get a job, Joshua. Pay your bills, get an apartment, stay out of jail, save some cash and get your act together. Any questions??
barb January 21, 2014 at 07:35 AM
What is a 20 yr old doing in high school he should be in adult ed, and then hitting a kid on top of it, gee is to old to be there, hope something was done about this.he should of had a job and etc, gee get help if u need. It
SILENT WOLF January 21, 2014 at 08:21 AM
This is not about the punk's education it's about an assault. Most likely he didn't even go to that school . He was there to find and assault someone , just lucky he didn't bring in a weapon and use it . See how easy it is to penetrate whatever security they might have , if any at all.
barb January 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM
I agree this punk got in the school then assaulted a student..that tell you 1 thing lousy security. We need to make our school safer for our kids.
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Hi, all: I have calls in to both the school district and the police department. As soon as I hear back from them, I will update this article.
chuck January 21, 2014 at 07:45 PM
I mean, are you kidding me??? Super senior??? He just nearly killed someone. Also, as I stated above he was arrested on other charges this past December. And now he's facing these new assault charges. Super senior?? What a joke! How about super loser??? Tell the kid he slammed mercilessly to the ground not to worry, that Bermudez is really just a "super" kid. God help us.
chuck January 21, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Kind?? Good heart?? Good kid?? Super senior?? I guess that's why HE got arrested and nobody else. Guess that's why he has a rap sheet. Has anyone stopped to realize that he nearly "murdered" someone? So lets continue telling Bermudez he is a good kid. Let's keep up the charade. Let him go to school til he's 50. Program after program after break after wrist slap. It ain't working folks. He needs to suffer some consequences for his actions and stop getting arrested. It's his fault not ours. All the "It's OK, Joshie's and "Don't do that again, Joshie's" are falling on deaf ears. Now he's a danger to us good folks. Try the slammer for a stretch, Joshie.
chuck January 21, 2014 at 09:43 PM
No, Sue...God bless the kid who got his skull slammed into the cement floor. Hope he makes a full recovery.
barb January 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Hey chuck don't worry everything is gonna be ok,
chuck January 22, 2014 at 05:33 AM
Hope so.....
lou banger January 22, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Chuck, there's a very good chance that this 20 year old is a rotten apple, but there is also a chance that there are two sides to the story. I read your comments and not only do you not think things through when you go ranting away, but you are quick to judge people as if you are the most perfect human being on earth. I bet you would love to just see a society of only "CHUCK's" in it. I have a feeling you are divorced because your wife couldn't take your overbearing personality trait!!
dirtrum January 22, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Chuck, just for reference, "super senior" is a somewhat common phrase for a kid who takes 5 years to graduate. I assume that's what the above poster was referring to.
Daniel Zandvliet January 22, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Yes. Thank you for clarifying. A "super" senior is a fifth year student.
Meghan January 22, 2014 at 01:00 PM
What he did obviously wasn't right. We don't know the whole story. There are 2 sides. Not saying the kid deserved to be punched bc violence doesn't solve anything. But you are talking about someone's kid. Who are you to judge? I hate that it's okay for people to bash other people or their kids or whatever else freely on the internet.
lou banger January 22, 2014 at 06:51 PM
I agree Meghan. Free speach gets abused by the powerless!
lou banger January 22, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Super Senior went right over the "deep thinker" Chuck's head...
chuck January 22, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Yes, I missed that one but it doesn't eliminate the fact that the kid is on an arrest spree and headed for a bleak future...and again...it's a good thing the kid who got blasted is apparently OK. Imagine if he had died?? What then would we be saying about Bermudez. Let's see as well what the GA-4 judges have to say about his recent December and January crimes. And what is "free speach?" Is that like bleech...I mean bleach? Think I'll think before I speek?? Brutal...
lou banger January 22, 2014 at 08:01 PM
I'm surprised you just called him a'kid' this time instead of a "punk" once again, without knowing who the hell he is!! I noticed you mention the courts [GA4] and the police in all of your past posts. Have you ever solved any issues in your life without outside help ole Chucky boy?? I didn't think so.
chuck January 22, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Typically, you failed to address anything I said. And why do I have to know "who he is?" I know all I need to know. What issues am I trying to solve?? And what "outside" help are you talking about? You make NO sense. Again, what about what I said? Or do we want to continue to shift the blame for this mess away from this clown Bermudez.
SILENT WOLF January 22, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Once again you guys have made this Post about Chucky, alright the guy ,perhaps is slightly off base ,but your putting all your comments toward him and not the real issue .Which may I say is this Bermudez individual.Does anyone know anything about the other student ,yes student .Does the other student have issues as well . Maybe it's something that started outside the school and carried on in school .they perhaps know each other in more ways than we know..Regardless we need more facts . Is he a bully ? does the other kid have issues as well ?If so they need counseling ...If it's just this Bermudez student constantly being a habitual trouble maker then he needs to be expelled and let him seek night classes .. Our classroom need to be a safe place for the children that really want to learn . schools are not a hang out place for trouble makers .W e really need whats called" Zero Tolerance" no exceptions for anyone period .. Again focus on the issues not Chucky ...
barb January 23, 2014 at 01:32 AM
Ok ,everyone take 5..... Lol
chuck January 23, 2014 at 05:08 AM
Right, Wolf.....I know I lean way to the right and I'm over the top. Much of it is tongue and cheek and people completely miss that. What always happens is that people focus on me, just a person on a simple comment board, instead of the real issues or persons. I mean, the police report says the victim was pounded into unconsciousness for God's sake!! You're right....zero tolerance is the answer.
Dylan Anthony January 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I believe we should reserve judgment based on the fact that we know nothing about this other student. the article was focused on Bermudez because he is a legal adult. the other, a minor. what if this other student was the antagonist? even if so, I believe Bermudez could have been mature and turned the other cheek. however some things are unacceptable. for example what if the other student was to spit in the others face? I believe a situation similar to that would justify Bermudez' action, but I cannot pass any judgment because we only see 1 side of the story. which I am quite sure left many variables and details out. all im saying is, before we deliver the verdict, maybe wait for more details?
SILENT WOLF January 23, 2014 at 01:04 PM
No one here can deliver a verdict , you can only express your opinion on what information you might have , in this case 50% , not good enough .. So let's leave that to the authorities and hope justice is served ....
chuck January 23, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Nonsense, Dylan. If the victim were to have spit in Bermudez face then he would have been arrested too. He wasn't. NPD did its due diligence here and determined that the victim was just that...the victim. If he swung first at Bermudez, spit at him, threw something at him, whatever..then he would be facing charges too. He isn't. We don't know, but let's say that the victim was teasing Bermudez. That alone does not call for a beat down by Bermudez. Bermudez actions can never be justified here, even if he was antagonized. We won't be getting anymore details either, unless you go sit in the courtroom. We won't even know the other kids name and Bermudez will be found guilty at some point and have to suffer some kind of punishment..albeit not severe enough.


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