PGCPS Administrator on Leave After Charge He Chased Student for Littering

An administrator for Prince George's County Public Schools is on administrative leave after he was accused of chasing a student and grabbing her after she allegedly threw garbage out of a school bus window and it hit his car. 

Associate Superintendent Mark Fossett is on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials confirmed.

"We expect all of our administrators to behave professionally, which is why we're investigating," PGCPS spokesman John White said. 

Fossett did not respond to an inquiry. 

A source with knowledge of the investigation told News4 that on Friday, Dec. 1 a student at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro was headed to school on a bus when she threw some trash, possibly an empty potato chip bag, out of a window.

Fossett happened to be driving behind the bus. The trash hit his car, White said school officials were told. 

Once the bus got to the school, Fossett got on board and yelled at the students, the source said. A security guard asked Fossett for identification. 


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Then, the teen who allegedly littered got so upset she jumped out of the back of the bus and started running to the school.

Fossett then chased her, and the student said he grabbed her by the arm, the source said. He denied that he grabbed her, according to the source.

In a letter sent to parents on Friday, Principal Byonka Gregory said there was "an incident" that caused students to be late to their first class, and the bus was delayed on Pennsylvania Avenue and again at the school.

Gregory gave no details in the letter about the incident.

White declined to comment on the specific charges and said an investigation is underway.

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