NYC High School Student Who Punched Principal Avoids Jail

A New York City high school student who punched his principal, leaving the administrator with two black eyes, will avoid jail time as long as he stays out of trouble for three years.

Luis Penzo, 19, completed a family therapy program as part of his conditional discharge, the New York Post reports.

The confrontation occurred when a principal asked Penzo to turn down music blaring from his headphones last October, prosecutors say. They say Penzo refused, then slugged his principal twice, leaving him with a cut that required seven stitches to close. Penzo was arrested and charged with assault.

His lawyer declined to comment Friday following a court appearance. She has previously said Penzo's mother had recently died from a brain aneurysm and he was acting out.

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