|Eastdale Secondary School in Welland, Ont. (QMI AGENCY, file)
WELLAND, Ont. -- A 28-year-old Welland woman posing as a pregnant teen student under a pseudonym was charged Tuesday for allegedly assaulting the principal at Eastdale Secondary School.
The woman enrolled in the school's second semester classes under the name Terra Eaglesnest and claiming to be pregnant.
Suspicions arose last week when the woman's identity could not be confirmed, said Niagara Regional Police Const. Neal Ridley, a school resource officer who was called in to investigate.
"She wasn't an active student," he said of the woman who he estimates only attended classes "four or five times" since the semester began Feb. 4.
Though he only met her in person for the first time on Tuesday, Ridley said her appearance did raise some suspicions among staff in regards to her age.
She had allegedly informed the school that she was pregnant and had been referred to District School Board of Niagara's Young Moms program.
On Tuesday, Ridley arranged a meeting with the woman and principal Erin Lotherington.During the meeting, the woman's true identity was revealed, Ridley said.When she "found out the jig was up" she went to collect her belongings.
It was then that she allegedly assaulted Lotherington, he said, and the woman was arrested.
Lotherington was not injured.
Diana Seeley is charged with assault and two counts of breach of probation related to previous charges in Peel region.
The motives behind why Seeley registered at the school is still being investigated.