WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — A middle-school teacher in northern Virginia has been arrested and charged with assault after police say he grabbed an 11-year-old student and held her upside down by the ankles.
Prince William County Police say Tenkoran Agyeman, 40, of Alexandria faces the assault-and-battery charge after an incident early last month at Rippon Middle School in Woodbridge.
Police say Agyeman grabbed an 11-year-old girl by the ankles in a classroom and that the girl hit her head on a desk as a result.
The victim asked Agyeman to stop, but he didn’t, police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. Perok did not say what precipitated the incident.
Agyeman was arrested Tuesday and released on bond. He did not respond to an email seeking comment. A staff directory lists him as a sixth-grade math teacher at Rippon.
The school’s principal sent a letter to parents Wednesday saying Agyeman has been placed on leave and that he’s disappointed by the allegation, but declining to provide details about the incident.
The safety of our students is our top priority and it is my expectation that all staff act with the utmost professionalism at all times with students. While I am deeply disappointed by this allegation, I am certain it is not reflective of our outstanding school.Rippon Middle School Principal