Teacher arrested, police say he held student upside down

Mugshot of Tenkoran Agyeman
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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia middle-school teacher has been arrested and charged with assault after police say he grabbed an 11-year-old student and held her upside down by the ankles.

Prince William County Police say 40-year-old Tenkoran Agyeman, of Alexandria, faces the assault-and-battery charge after an incident early last month at Rippon Middle School in Woodbridge.

Police say Agyeman grabbed an 11-year-old girl by the ankles in a classroom and that the girl hit her head on a desk as a result.

The victim asked Agyeman to stop, but he didn't, police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. Perok did not say what precipitated the incident.

Agyeman was arrested Tuesday and released on bond.

He did not respond to an email seeking comment.

A staff directory lists him as a sixth grade math teacher at Rippon.

The school's principal sent a letter to parents Wednesday saying Agyeman has been placed on leave and that he's disappointed by the allegation, but declining to provide details about the incident.

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