Maryland Principal Dismissed After Teacher Reportedly Spanked Students

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The principal of a popular school in Maryland has been dismissed after parents filed complaints saying a teacher spanked students and the administrator took no action.

Principal Nasser Abi of the Dora Kennedy French Immersion School is no longer a Prince George's County Public Schools employee, the district confirmed Thursday evening.

Abi said by email he was filing an appeal of his dismissal and could not comment. 

Parents Xander and Alana Faber were stunned when their daughter told them more than a year ago a teacher had spanked her brother in front of their kindergarten class.

"He was struck by his teacher until he cried," Xander Faber told News4.

The Fabers said they filed a written report with Abi, and the teacher continued to work at the school. When they asked for a copy of the investigation into the teacher, they were told they were not entitled to it, Xander Faber said.

School officials initially said no wrongdoing was found, but Abi temporarily was removed in October after News4 reported allegations of abuse at the National Blue Ribbon school in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Other parents reported similar abuse by the teacher, who now teaches in Montgomery County, The Washington Post later reported.

There was no word Thursday evening on who will replace Abi.

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