The superintendent of the South Central School Corp. was arrested Monday night on allegations he physically assaulted a school district employee.
Christopher Smith, 51, of LaPorte, was booked into the LaPorte County Jail on a Class A misdemeanor battery charge.
Smith and Daniel Glassman, head of maintenance for South Central Schools, attended a South Bend Silverhawks baseball game at Coveleski Stadium, home to the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They later went to Matey's, a bar near the lakefront in Michigan City.
The men were heading home about 9:30 p.m. when they began arguing, LaPorte County police said.
Glassman told officers Smith began calling him names and on several occasions threatened to beat him up, police said.
Glassman, who was driving, told police they were at Ind. 39 and County Road 1000 North when Smith punched him in the cheek and neck and then grabbed him by the shoulders and hair, pulling his head down.
Glassman said the name-calling continued and he pulled into the driveway of his father's house in the 9300 block of North Wilhelm Road in rural LaPorte County.
Both men got out of the vehicle and Smith allegedly grabbed Glassman by the hair again, pushing his head forward leaving a scratch mark behind his right ear, police said.
Glassman ran up to the front door of the home, telling his father "about getting into a fight with his buddy," police said.
Glassman said he and Smith have been friends for six years.
South Central School Board member Ed Castle said a meeting will be held soon with school district attorney William Kaminski to discuss Smith's arrest.
He would not speculate if the alleged incident will affect Smith's status as superintendent.
"I can't speak to that possibility. I wouldn't feel comfortable," Castle said.