Officers arrested a Maryland high school teacher who got into a fight with a student Friday morning, police say.
Vivian Noirie, 36, got into a physical altercation with a 17-year-old senior inside a classroom at Largo High School, Prince George's County police said.
Police say the teen was upset with Noirie for contacting their parents the night before and the teen went up to Noirie, stepped on her foot and bumped into her with her shoulder.
Noirie then repeatedly struck the student before other employees at the school stepped in to break up the fight, according to police.
Once the two were separated, the student grabbed Noirie from behind and repeatedly struck her before being separated a second time, police said.
Noirie was charged with physical child abuse and second-degree assault, police said Saturday.
Detectives are pursuing charges against the student, who was not identified.
"I am extremely disappointed by the horrific actions that took place in our classroom today,” Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson said. “It’s important to know that we have set high expectations and standards for our staff and students, and what you saw in that video does not represent the hard work that 10,000 teachers do every day."
Dozens of witnesses to the fight were being interviewed.
"It is entirely unacceptable,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said. “Violence in any form will not be tolerated."
Police were called to the same school Thursday when students reported seeing another student with a weapon.
"It was a semi-automatic handgun, but it was associated with completely different set of circumstances," Stawinski said.