Man With Stun Gun Injures Two Students At West Potomac High School

20-year-old suspect was released on personal recognizance

A 20-year-old Alexandria man is in custody after entering and using a stun gun on one teenage student and physically assaulting another after school on Monday, Oct. 3.

Kevin C. Pengarthit, of the 8000 block of Lynnfield Dr. in Alexandria, allegedly entered the school around 5 p.m. and used a stun gun on a 14-year-old male and physically assaulted a 15-year-old male. He turned himself in to the Mount Vernon District Police Station on Oct. 6. 

According to police, Pengarthit had a personal dispute with the victims, who suffered minor injuries. 

Pengarthit was charged with two counts of assault and battery. Police said no mug shot was available.

"The suspect was released on personal recognizance so they did not process him through the jail. Therefore, no mug shot is available," wrote Tawny Wright, a Fairfax County Police spokesperson, in an email to Patch. 

Below is the message sent to West Potomac parents: 

"On Monday afternoon (10/3/11), two WP 9th grade students reported that they were confronted and possibly assaulted by an older student in front of the gym lobby. Our Director of Student Activities, one assistant principal, and our School Resource Officer responded and initiated an investigation. This investigation continued into Tuesday with the involved students, administrators, and the SRO. 

"It appears that an adult male came onto campus and allegedly assaulted two WP students.  No significant injuries were reported. The case is under investigation by the School Resource Officer."  

Garytheprinter October 17, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Shouldn't the charge be Assault and Battery Discharge????
Ariell Kirylo October 17, 2011 at 08:10 PM
This is outrageous!
Duncan October 18, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Another reason for cameras in the hallways. Someone could have seen the perp entering the building and prevent this from happening. Where have we gone wrong as a society?
Mary M. Revis October 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Is there ANY security being provided here?? I attended this school and it's campus, when it was known as Groveton High School. Let me tell you, I felt SAFE. I knew the faculty and the staff were patrolling the school halls and campus hourly!. Reading this and knowing what our youth is up against these days (with crazy people, child abductions and pedophiles) you would hope a strong security system of ANY kind is intact. Wow..just wow.
John Farrell October 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM
It appears the 20 year old was retaliating for bully of a younger relative by the two "victims." Duncan, cameras would not prevent this as no one will monitor the cameras in real time. Ms. Revis, I very much doubt there was any "security" as Groveton when you were there; SROs being a more recent development. Hourly patrols? So someone bent on retaliation just waits for the patrol to go by. And this happened after hours when most teachers have left the building. Seems these kinds of retaliatory exchanges were going 40 years ago behind a shed at school, on a sidewalk on the way home or some other location. Getting at the underlying conflict between the younger relative and the "victims" might be more productive.
Mary M. Revis October 23, 2011 at 06:17 PM
@John Farrell I fully understand someone wanting to retaliate in the name of a loved one, who's been bullied or wronged in some way. However, this 20 year old (the age tells me a lot..not full cooked and most aren't even at 20) put a lot of innocent students in harms way in doing so. There WAS a better way of handling it. Yes.. the form of security we had was active staff and faculty making sure the halls were safe. I'm sorry you don't believe that. Often times back then, this seemed to work. Was it full proof? no but it sufficed for the times. And you are correct in basically implying, that anyone bent on revenge or harming others can and will find a way to do it, regardless of any security. Hence, my reason for stating ..is ANY security full proof? maybe not. But, at the time I was at Groveton..we had a decent teaching staff who cared enough, to at least patrol hallways and the campus. Rules were set AND enforced for students coming and going on the campus. Any infractions were dealt with quickly. I look back on my time there, with good feelings regarding my safety as a student.
T Ailshire October 23, 2011 at 08:23 PM
How was a non-student able to get in after hours? Aren't the doors locked against outside entry after hours? Shouldn't they be opening only from the inside?


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