Former middle school principal in Laurel found not guilty of abuse, assault
By Staff Reports
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 03, 2015 | 10:59 AM
A former principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel has been found not guilty of one count of child abuse and one count of second degree assault, charges that stemmed from a September 2014 incident in which he allegedly struck a student.
Dwight Jefferson was acquitted by a jury.
"A jury of citizens deliberated for hours over the facts of this case, returned a verdict of not guilty and we respect their decision," said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.
"We believe this was a case where Mr. Jefferson went too far in disciplining a student and we feel that we had sufficient evidence to support that," said Alsobrooks.
Prosecutors had said Jefferson had stopped a student on the way to class on Sept. 23, 2014, and when the student tried to run, called him over a second time. Prosecutors said the victim reported that after being told to go to a conference room for suspension, Jefferson punched him twice in the stomach.
The student later returned to class, and prosecutors said a teacher and others noticed the student's eye was swollen. A teacher subsequently notified school administrators.