By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected]
After what has been referred to as a “horrific” altercation at Largo High School, a teacher has been accused of child abuse and second degree assault following a physical confrontation in a classroom.
The teacher, Vivian Noirie, 36, of Clinton, is charged with physical child abuse and second-degree assault after a fight with a student that was captured on cell phone video Nov. 15. The student’s name is being withheld because this case involves a juvenile.
However, the reaction to the incident has resonated all the way from County Executive Angela N. Alsobrook’s office to Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson and ultimately to Police Chief Hank Stawinski.
“Everything about this particular incident was completely unacceptable,” said Alsobrooks. “It makes you feel absolutely irate.”
“We will not tolerate, under any circumstance, violence on the part of any person in our school system. We will ensure this will not continue to happen to anyone in our school system.”
The Police Department’s early investigation revealed that the student, a 17-year-old, was perturbed with the teacher for contacting her parents one night before and approached the teacher the following day. Investigators have surmised that at approximately 10:25 a.m. the teacher and student began fighting inside a classroom which was at least exacerbated by the pupil stomping on the teacher’s foot.
Published reports assert that the 17-year-old student in question is a senior and has admitted to making physical contact with the teacher during a Spanish class. The student has reportedly acknowledged stepping on the teacher’s foot and bumping into her shoulder during the fight. The teacher then reportedly struck the student multiple times, according to police accounts.
Other school employees were able to quickly diffuse the situation by breaking up the two assailants. They intervened by separating the teacher and student. However, once the parties were apart, the student supposedly grabbed the teacher from behind and repeatedly struck her before once again being attacked. However, neither the student nor the teacher required medical attention, according to police. The incident was recorded and law enforcement authorities are reportedly looking through video that was immediately posted on YouTube.
“We are looking at every aspect of this,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski. “No video captures the entire set of circumstances.”
Stawinski added that 30 students and eight administrators were being interviewed as witnesses. Detectives are also petitioning for charges against the student through the juvenile court system, according to police.
Martin Bendu, a 15-year-old sophomore and another student of Noirie’s Spanish class told WUSA-TV 9 in D.C. that he was shocked as the incident unfolded. He claimed to have scratched his face in disbelief as the fight transpired which prompted him to take out his phone to start recording. Bendu said the class was taking a test and the student kept asking if Noirie was going to change her grade before the incident got violent and he began chronicling it.
“I was like for real this is happening,” Bendu said. “I couldn’t believe [what] happened.”