An elementary teacher was sexually assaulted in a classroom, and the charter school that employed her responded by putting her on unpaid leave for the rest of the school year.
Local news outlet ABC7 reported that the incident at Achievement Prep Academy public charter elementary school in Washington, D.C. was captured on a surveillance video on May 23, 2018.
The video shows a female guest at the school repeatedly grabbing at teacher Page Garbee.
“All of a sudden, there was a hand reaching underneath my skirt. As the woman said, I want to finger your [redacted]. Again, I started backing away. I said ‘no.’ And then she made sort of a lunging motion at me and grabbed my breasts,” Garbee told ABC7.
She asked the school if they could provide her with security. But instead, she says, the school put her on unpaid leave.
In a statement, the school said it “regrets that Ms. Garbee experienced such an offense on one of our campuses.”
“None of us could have ever anticipated that an event that she herself so gracefully planned and led to honor the ‘moms’ of our scholars, would end the way it did. We truly hope Ms. Garbee continues to heal and receive the support she needs. Our goal is not to add to any stress or cause any additional stressors for Ms. Garbee.”