WASHINGTON–Coolidge High School’s principal and two female staff members face misdemeanor assault charges in the Nov. 2 beating of a former colleague in the school’s parking lot after Coolidge’s homecoming game.
Thelma Jarrett, a 19-year veteran of the school system, surrendered to D.C. police Nov. 15 and was arraigned in D.C. Superior Court Nov. 15, according to a police report. Two other staff members, Donna Pixley, the school’s registrar, and Brigette Stevens, an administrative assistant, were arrested Nov. 12. All were charged with misdemeanor assault.
Jarrett was placed on administrative leave Nov. 9 by D.C. Public Schools. Pixley and Stevens were placed on administrative leave Nov. 13.
All three are accused of assaulting a former Coolidge employee in an altercation that occurred in the school’s parking lot after the game. The victim, Rashida King-Hicks, told police Jarrett ordered the attack, and that she was punched, knocked to the ground, and kicked by the other two women. King-Hicks, was not seriously injured, according to The Washington Examiner.
Witnesses disputed King-Hicks’ account, saying that the principal attempted to stop a scuffle involving the current and former school staff members.
“What a terrible role model, if you can call it that, this demonstrates to kids who look to principals to provide leadership,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said. “If it's proven to be the case, it certainly looks that way, I just don't see how anybody can continue to run a school under those kind of conditions.”