PGCPS school principal charged with punching student.

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Dwight Jefferson

According to Washington Post article, a middle school principal was arrested on charges that he punched a student in the stomach and face.

Dwight Jefferson, principal at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Prince George’s County, was charged with one count of second-degree child abuse and three counts of second-degree assault.

The Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement that Jefferson stopped a student on the way to class Sept. 23. The child tried to run away, and Jefferson called to him a second time, the statement said.

Then Jefferson told the student to go to a conference room in the office. In the office, Jefferson punched the boy twice in the stomach, the victim told prosecutors.

The boy said that he then prepared to hit Jefferson back, and Jefferson punched him in the face.

 When he went to class afterward, a teacher noticed that the child’s eye was swollen and notified school administrators.

Jefferson was charged last week, according to court records. At his arraignment Wednesday, he was held on $75,000 bond. His attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

Jefferson, who was paid $101,455 as acting principal at Eisenhower, was placed on administrative leave in September, school system officials said.

He started at Eisenhower in 2013 as a “resident principal,” part of a principal-in-training program. He was hired by the school system in 2002.

“Prince George’s County Public Schools has permanently removed Dwight Jefferson as acting principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School,” Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said in a statement. “The type of behavior that led to the allegations are not accepted or tolerated in our school district. As soon as PGCPS learned of the incident in September he was placed on leave, had no contact with students and this latest step ensures we are doing all we can to be sure our schools remain a safe and productive environment.”

Pugh said parents were notified about Jefferson last week. Pugh said school officials “couldn’t say anything” because the situation was under investigation.

Pugh said retired principal John Brooks replaced Jefferson at the school in September. Brooks will remain in the position until Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell finds a permanent replacement.

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