Sager Middle School principal attacked, sends school into lock down

Sager Middle School principal attacked, sends school into lock down

UPDATE 6-16-17 : Brothers Lamont and Jaymond Oakhurst broke into the administrative office with a metal spear and wooden club attacking the principal.

Stopperan sustained serious injuries to his face and body, however, he has recovered and returned to work.

Both brothers are charged with assault and malicious mischief but a trial date hasn’t been set yet.

“The supreme court judge entered an order for a competency evaluation so their competency to stand trial and be involved in any further proceedings will need to be evaluated first,” College Place Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagel said.

The psychiatric evaluation will be conducted by experts, while both brothers remain in custody.

Police think the two foster care brothers attacked Stopperan to get custody of their younger sister who was a student at the middle school.

Since the surveillance video of the attack is considered a student record police will not release it.

We reached out to the college place school district, which says it is not changing any school policies.


UPDATE: Two College Place High School students attacked the principal of John Sager Middle School around 1:43 p.m. Thursday, according to the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office.

The College Place Police Department, the Walla Walla Police Department and the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office responded.

Dale Stopperan, the principal, was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for injuries to the left side of his face. He is in stable condition.

The two students were quickly taken into custody. Additional details into what occurred were not available as the incident is still under investigation.

Law enforcement has completed a secondary search of the building and confirm the building is secure. The school remained on lock down through the end of the school day.



John Sager Middle School in College Place is currently on lock down following an altercation between two individuals and a staff member.

Those two individuals are in custody.

We will provide you with more information as we receive it.