Ex-student accused of punching cheerleader after Perry HS basketball game

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PITTSBURGH —

Authorities are investigating the report of an assault after a Perry High School basketball game Friday night.

According to Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson Ebony Pugh, the alleged incident happened at a bus stop after the game Friday night.

Pugh said a female student was punched in the face by another female.

Pugh said school administrators met with the victim’s father, Alfred Johnson, Monday morning and informed him that the alleged attacker has been banned from all Perry High School games.

According to Pugh, the suspect is a former Pittsburgh Public School student who now attends a charter school, so she can’t be punished by Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Johnson told Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson that he was picking up his daughter, who’s a cheerleader, after the game when she showed up with a bloody eye.

“My daughter called me on the phone to find out where I was. I told her where I was parked at and she hung up the phone. Then some girl brought my daughter to the car with her eye bleeding,” Johnson said. “I was right there and couldn’t protect my baby.”

Police confirmed they are investigating the incident, but haven’t said if any charges will be filed.

“I fail to understand teen violence,” Johnson said. “There’s no reason in the world why anyone would deserve something like this.”

Johnson said he wants the girl who punched his daughter to turn herself in. He added that he plans to press charges.