SPRINGDALE, Md. - A principal and a teacher at a Prince George's County elementary school have been placed on leave after reportedly getting into an altercation on school grounds in front of students, according to a Prince George's County School Spokesperson John White.
Prince George's County police and an ambulance were called to Ardmore Elementary School on June 12. Police said they were called to the scene for a disorderly teacher, but no arrests were made. Authorities were told school security would handle the case.
The principal, Georgette Gregory, was put on leave immediately, White said. This is the district's protocol when investigating incidents.
A week later, the district sent a letter home to parents. The letter outlines an altercation but did not indicate that the principal was involved. It was signed by the assistant principal.
The school district would not confirm that this was a physical altercation. According to the district, the incident is still under investigation. We do not know if anyone was hurt. We also do not know if any criminal charges were filed.
Multiple elementary school students witnessed the incident. Parents were not notified until a week later, when WUSA9 began asking questions about the incident. According to the district, parents were not notified until the district saw surveillance camera that showed students in the vicinity of the incident.
The following letter was sent home to parents:
On last Tuesday during recess, an incident occurred in the parking lot that resulted in the police and an ambulance being called to the school. This incident did not directly involve any students and the matter is currently being investigated."
The letter went on to read, "We have recently learned that students may have been in the vicinity of the incident.
Professional school counselors and teachers will be working with students to address any of their questions or concerns.