Jennifer Donelan, spokeswoman for the Prince George's County Police Department, speaks at a Nov. 15 press conference to discuss details about a high school teacher accused of assaulting a student. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
Jennifer Donelan, spokeswoman for the Prince George's County Police Department, speaks at a Nov. 15 press conference to discuss details about a high school teacher accused of assaulting a student. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

A Prince George’s County judge released a Largo High School teacher on her own recognizance Monday, three days after a physical altercation between the teacher and a 17-year-old student.

The judge’s decision is based on the conditions that Vivian Noirie, 36, of Clinton, stays away from minors other than her own children and from the location of the incident.

A preliminary investigation by Prince George’s County police outlines the altercation, which occurred at the school at about 10:25 a.m. Friday. A video of the fight between Noirie and the student was recorded and posted on social media.

Police said the student, upset with Noirie for calling her parents the night before, admitted to stepping on Noirie’s foot and then bumping into her.

The teacher began to swing continuously at the student. Video of the incident shows the two being separated.

As Noirie walked away, the student grabbed her from behind and began punching her before a school employee quickly separated the two.

During a press conference Friday at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building in Largo, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski called the incident “very, very disturbing.”

Noirie has been charged with physical child abuse and second-degree assault. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in District Court for Dec. 18.

Authorities are also pursuing charges against the student. Investigators will interview 30 students and eight administrators as potential witnesses.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said neither the student nor teacher required medical attention.

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson said the teacher began working for the school system in November 2018. The student is a high school senior.

“I am extremely disappointed by the horrific actions that took place in our classroom today,” Goldson said during Friday’s press conference. “What you saw in that video does not represent the hard work that over 10,000 teachers do every single day. I ask that our community not rush to judgment so quickly on one staff member and one student.”

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who also attended the press conference, called the incident “completely unacceptable” and “reprehensible.”

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