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D.C. substitute teacher is charged with assaulting 6th grader in class

A substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting a sixth-grader at a Northeast Washington public school by allegedly driving his head into a desk, according to a police report and court charging documents.

Georgette Takideu, 47, of Hyattsville was charged with assault and cruelty to children. She was freed pending a D.C. Superior Court hearing scheduled for Jan. 31.

Takideu could not be reached for comment, and her status in the school system could not immediately be learned. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday and denied the accusations in an interview with police, according to the court documents.

The alleged incident occurred Nov. 13 at the Noyes Education Campus in the 2700 block of 10th Street NE, in the Brookland neighborhood. Police say a student made a complaint to the principal, who investigated.

“The principal then spoke with multiple students who described a motion of the teacher knocking on [the victim’s] head as if someone were knocking on a door,” a police charging document filed in court stated.

One of the students told the principal, according to the account in the court document, that the teacher told the 11-year-old boy, “You should die young.” Police said that the boy was treated at a hospital and that his mother produced medical records showing her son had suffered a concussion.

Police said in court documents that Takideu told detectives that the children were throwing paper wadded together with spit at her, “causing a ton of confusion.”

She told police that the 11-year-old refused to stop and that she went to his desk and placed her hand on his head and told him to sit. The teacher, according to the court document, “stated that she never used any force nor did she hit” the boy.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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