Two Anacostia High School students were charged yesterday with assault after they allegedly hit a staff member, according to D.C. police.

The incident occurred about 10 a.m. at the school, 1601 16th St. SE, when attendance counselor Carl Johnson approached two male students in the hallway after classes had started, police said. When he ordered them to go to class, one of the students, a 15-year-old, allegedly hit Johnson in the head with his fist.

Johnson then ran outside with the other student in pursuit, police said. The second student, a 16-year-old, allegedly hit Johnson at least once. A school security guard told police he saw the assault. The boys were arrested at the school and taken to the police department's juvenile processing center, police said.

The Washington Post generally does not publish the names of juveniles accused of crimes.

Anacostia High School Principal Mildred Musgrove was out of town yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

D.C. school system spokesman Denise Tann said yesterday that the students will be involuntarily transferred to the Luke Moore Academy, an alternative school. They also will be recommended for expulsion, she said. Expulsion from a District public school is for one year.

Yesterday's incident is the latest in a series of violent incidents at Anacostia High School. Last year, a security supervisor was wounded in the hand when he tried to take a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol from the pocket of a 17-year-old freshman and the gun went off.

In 1997, a 17-year-old student allegedly provoked an English teacher during class and started a fight with her. Police charged both with simple assault. The fight later prompted a teacher protest against school violence and lax student discipline.