A parent allegedly punched a principal in the face Wednesday over his child’s academic award, according to DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Harris said Joseph Wayne Kittle Jr., 43 of Henagar, was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly hit Henagar Junior High School Principal Steve Green in the jaw.

Superintendent Charles Warren said the incident took place in Green’s office after an awards day ceremony. Harris said Kittle allegedly confronted Green about his child’s grade and an academic award. Warren said he believed the child is a second grader at the school.

“The argument led to Kittle striking Mr. Green in the jaw,” Harris said. “When School Resource Officer Scott Tarrant arrived on the scene, Kittle was in the custody of Henagar Police Chief Randall Smith.”

Smith said the incident happened quickly.

“One of his children didn’t make the grades to get the honor roll, so he went and took it out on the principal," Smith said.

Tarrant took Kittle to DeKalb County jail where he was awaiting bond Wednesday afternoon.

“We got a call from the school that someone came in and assaulted the principal,” Warren said. “That is totally unacceptable. If someone has a complaint, that is not the way is should be dealt with.”

Harris said the charge is a class C felony.

“This is a really unfortunate incident to happen any time, but especially here at the end of the school year, Harris said. “The quick response of Chief Randall Smith kept this incident from escalating any further, and we are thankful for that.”

Ft. Payne Times-Journal