Thelma Jarrett, Coolidge High principal, turns herself in
Thelma Jarrett, the principal of Coolidge High School who is accused of ordering and participating in an assault on a former staff member, has turned herself in to police.
The former staffer was allegedly assaulted after a homecoming football game at Coolidge High School in Northwest D.C. on November 2.
Two staffers who are accused with Coolidge in the alleged assault have turned themselves in and are in custody. A warrant was issued earlier for Jarrett's arrest.
The husband of the 37-year-old woman says that she is "scared for her life" after being assaulted after the game.
According to the police report after the Nov. 2 game, the victim, a former staff member at Coolidge, says she was attacked by three women in the school's back parking lot.
She says it was two staff members and principal Thelma Jarrett who assaulted her.
The woman says Jarrett ordered the assault. The police report says one suspect said "get her." The report then says the victim was punched in the face with a closed fist and kicked by three women after she fell to the ground.
Terry Goings, the school's parent-teacher coordinator, is crying foul.
“Mrs. Jarrett was trying to break up the confrontation,” he says.
Another staff member who declined to be identified refuted the claims against the principal.
"I never saw her kick or punch or any assault at all,” the staffer says.
Sources confirm that the principal and the two accused staff members have been placed on administrative leave.
D.C. Public Schools officials said that they are aware of the allegations and they’ve taken the appropriate action. Operations at the school have not been affected, sources say.
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