Earlimart Elementary employee attacked at school

Authorities arrested a man for attacking an employee at Earlimart Elementary School on Monday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies responded to the school just after 3 p.m. and found a victim of an assault incoherent and not speaking.

The victim was taken to a local hospital.

Witnesses gave deputies a description of the suspect.

Charles Barnes, 31, was later arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should call the sheriff’s department at 800-808-0488 or can email