CMS Principal placed on leave following arrest

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Szabo has been charged with a second-degree breach of peace after allegedly physically assaulting a 71-year-old man in a parking lot. 

Poppy Livingstone '21, Creative Director

Coleytown Middle School (CMS) Principal Kris Szabo was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, Dec. 4, following her arrest for allegedly slapping a man during a parking dispute. 

Szabo was charged with second-degree breach of peace and was released on a $500 bond. She appeared in state Superior Court in Waterbury on Dec. 11. During the hearing, Szabo’s attorney, John McDonald, said that his client never struck the man and that the alleged victim would attest to that.

Szabo was placed on leave pending a review of the incident to be conducted outside of school according to a mass email sent by Bedford Middle School (BMS) Principal Adam Rosen. The email was sent to the parents and guardians of Bedford and Coleytown students on Wednesday morning. 

Szabo was hired as principal of CMS in 2004. She is currently the Principal on Special Assignment at BMS following the merge of the two schools. This merge took place due to an abundance of mold located in the school at the beginning of the 2018—2019 school year.

“Please know that the safety of our students remains our top priority as we address any concerns in our school,” Rosen said.

Szabo’s next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

 

This article was originally posted on Dec. 4, and was updated on Dec. 12 to include the most recent information.