From the Yarmouth Police Department (verbatim):
On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at approximately 9AM, Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officers responded to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School for a report of a 23 year old special needs male who had entered into the building.
Upon arrival, Officers were met by Principal Paul Funk and learned that the young man involved lives at a special needs group home located across from the high school.
The young man suffers from Down Syndrome and is developmentally delayed with the reported mental capacity of a seven year old.
The young man had apparently left the group home and was encountered on the grounds of DY by an employee.
The employee knew the young man and noticed he had a cut on his hand and was bleeding. The young man was escorted into the building to see the school Nurse.
While inside the school, the young man ran off and a search for him was begun.
During this time, the young man began speaking with a 15 year old female student who was walking in the hallway. The student then walked away and entered a bathroom. A short time later, the young man entered the bathroom and assaulted the girl by striking her several times in her head with his fists.
The student yelled out and a fellow student and a staff member came in to the bathroom and removed the young man.
The student was not seriously injured and was immediately treated by the school nurse.
The investigation determined the young man and student did not know each other.
Parents of the young man and student were notified and met with police and school officials.
The young man was interviewed and immediate corrective measures have been taken.
The Yarmouth Police Department is working in partnership with School Officials and investigation is active and ongoing as we continue speak to additional witnesses, review the surveillance videos, and complete written reports.
Criminal charges are being reviewed by Yarmouth Police Department Investigators and the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney.