Parent charged after pouring bleach on student at Rowland Academy in Harrisburg


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Harrisburg mother is facing charges after Harrisburg School District officials say she poured bleach on a student at Rowland Academy.

Police charged Marlaina Lucas with felony Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault. Her preliminary hearing is set for January 6, 2022.

The district held a news conference Tuesday night where they shared details about what may have led to the incident and what’s being done to better protect students.

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Eric Turman, Harrisburg School District superintendent, said what happened on Monday, Dec. 20, was something he has never heard of in his career.

Turman says the parent, whose child was not in school that day, arrived at Rowland on Monday when school let out with their child in the car. He adds that the parent waited for a sixth-grade student to come out of the building. When the student emerged and walked to her parent’s car, the woman got out of her vehicle and poured bleach on the child.

Lucus was eventually stopped by police and sent to Dauphin County Prison. She has since posted bail and has been released.

Both students and parents began to fight before the woman, who attacked the child, fled the scene.

Turman said the two students were involved in a previous incident within the past two weeks, but this should not have happened.

“I am very disappointed to learn about an incident like this and how a young child would have to go through a situation like this. You should not have to go to school and as you are dismissed and trying to go home go through an incident like this,” Turman said.

The superintendent says the district will try to hire between one and three school district security officers in early January to provide more of a presence after school.

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