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.

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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