Principal calls high five miss assault

May 28, 2009 2:57:48 PM PDT
What do you call a high-five that misses? Many would just call it awkward, but an El Paso school principal calls it assault.

The misfire came last week when schools superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was giving principals high-fives while celebrating state test scores. When Garcia came to Barron Elementary School principal Mary Helen Lechuga and she didn't raise her hand, he tapped her on the head instead.

But Lechuga -- a former district administrator who was recently demoted -- filed a police complaint saying she felt pain and feared what he might do next.

Garcia says she's a disgruntled employee and her complaint is petty.

School district police are investigating, the El Paso Times reports Thursday.

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