Coolidge High principal surrenders to police

Coolidge High School Principal Thelma Jarrett turned herself in to police Thursday morning after she was accused of punching a woman at a football game in early November, officials said.

Jarrett allegedly punched a 37-year-old woman in the face after Coolidge’s Nov. 2 homecoming football game, according to a police report. Two other suspects allegedly were with Jarrett during the fight, one yelling “get her” and the other kicking the victim, according to the report.

Jarrett surrendered herself on a warrant charging her with misdemeanor simple assault, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump.

The principal has been on administrative leave since Nov. 9, as a result of the police investigation, according to school system spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz. The two other suspects are Coolidge staff members, both of whom were placed on leave Nov. 13, school system authorities said.

Jarrett took the Coolidge principal job in 2009, replacing L. Nelson Burton. A Coolidge assistant principal, Aubrey Brown, is serving as interim principal while Jarrett is on leave.

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