Students return to Volusia County school after assistant principal attack

Culprit still on the loose, police say

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Students at a Volusia County elementary school are returning to classes on Monday, days after their assistant principal was attacked by a man still on the loose.

Sweetwater Elementary School Assistant Principal Adrian Bronson was attacked early Friday morning on the school's campus during a security sweep, prompting officials to close the school for the day as they searched for the attacker.

Police said they will have more officers out at the school, located on Victoria Gardens Boulevard.

According to Port Orange police, 40-year-old Bronson was conducting a security sweep of the school when he apparently startled a man, believed to be a transient, near the rear of the campus.  The person then immediately attacked Bronson, slashing his shirt with the box cutter before punching him in the face, police said.

Bronson then ran toward the main office and the culprit ran toward a nearby wooded area, police said. Officers searched for hours on Friday but didn't locate the man.

Bronson, who wasn't seriously injured, described the assailant as a white man with a scruffy beard who was wearing a green jacket.

Bronson will still do his routine security sweep before school and will be out at student drop-off Monday morning.

Over the weekend, parents went to a Facebook page to praise Bronson for his bravery and keeping their children safe.

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