Police: Substitute Teacher Drove Boy's Head Into Desk for Throwing Spitwads

A substitute teacher from Hyattsville is charged with felony assault.

A substitute teacher from Hyattsville is charged with felony assault. File | Patch
A substitute teacher from Hyattsville is charged with felony assault. File | Patch

Authorities claim a substitute teacher from Hyattsville drove a sixth-grade student’s head into his desk with enough force to give him a concussion – after he allegedly wouldn’t stop throwing spit wads, reports The Washington Post.

Georgette Takideu, 47, was charged with assault and cruelty to children for the November incident at a Northeast Washington school, the newspaper says.

Officials told WJLA TV that Takideu surrendered to authorities Wednesday on charges of felony assault.

Takideu pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday and denied the accusations in an interview with police, according to the Post.

Police say a student made a complaint to the principal, who investigated. According to the Post, one of the students said the teacher told the 11-year-old boy, “You should die young.”

WJLA says that multiple students went to school administrators to say that the teacher had repeatedly knocked on the student's head "as if someone were knocking on a door."

Court documents obtained by the Post indicate that Takideu denied hitting or harming the child, says WJLA. The boy's mother says that her son suffered a head injury. She reportedly produced medical records showing he had suffered a concussion.

Takideu told police that when the boy refused to stop throwing paper, she placed her hand on his head and told him to sit, the Post reports.

"A teacher is supposed to be a parent and take care of the child," parent Julius Tumushabe told WJLA. "We trust our teachers with our children to be the parents when we're not there.

Read the full story on the Washington Post website.

your kidding me January 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM
It is not the teachers job to parent the kids. Surprise to all the me generation so called parents and I: say so called only because they had kids. Wake up, you had the kids. So that makes you the parent not so hard to understand is it? If the kid was taught how to respect people by their parents and punished when they did not then we would have not had this happen. Stop trying to be their best friend (because they think your a jerk anyway) and start parenting them.
warren blum January 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM
the punk most likely deserved it. im sick of paying taxes to babysit these out of control kids because of the libs.
American hero January 11, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Back in the 60s, I remember this kid that was always causing trouble in our class. Our teacher told everyone not to get up unless you raise your hand. Well this kid got up to drink some water without raising his hand and the teacher went over to the sink and pushed the kids head under water. The sink was clogged at the time. This kid never caused any trouble in our class again after this.
Henry Sadowski January 11, 2014 at 03:10 PM
All of you defending the little sociopath who doesn't respect authority, I hoe you run into him when he gets a little older and starts committing crimes. This is a future felon. Hope you're all happy with the pansy ass system that is creating more and more of them.
mildredwarf January 11, 2014 at 03:59 PM
It takes a whole village to raise a child. Until these young parents stop allowing their children to do just anything there will always be trouble. Most children will tell you "My mommy not going to do nothing" so until they do something their children will continue to act up.
Sara Bloom January 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM
My third grade teacher used to start at the first desk on the other side of the room and go along tapping her stick on each desk till she got to me. When she saw my handwriting she would rap me hard with the stick and go on with her tapping. She did this about twice a week. Sadistic woman made sure I'd feel the terror of hearing her coming nearer and nearer. No one did anything about that and my handwriting is still lousy to this day everything I do with my hands is uncoordinated. The substitute teacher is much the same as that awful woman and any other teacher who picks out a student in the class to relieve his or her anger upon.
Phil Collins January 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM
She was wrong 100% but sadly todays kids don't understand the words No or Stop and have little respect for their teachers too.
Travis Bynog January 12, 2014 at 04:52 AM
It sounds like the 50s and 60s had a lot of sissies I was a bad Kid and got my share of paddles and I agree mom and dads need to get a hold of the kids more but the boy was a 11 not 15 or 16 he was a 11 and it seems a lot of people on here is missing the point she had guide lines to follow for this and she did not do that if the kid had died would it still of been ok no it would not and I read if she would of sent him to the office she could not handle it well from the looks of it she could not if she got a slap on the hand the next time it mite read sub kills child thin would yall pat her on the back are would some on here say I wish I would not of back her the kid was the trigger but she had no power to be the gun also they still have paddle's and in school detention a lot of other ways other thin driving his head in to a blunt force desk,
novastien January 12, 2014 at 08:23 AM
I know it's not Juniors fault but maybe the teacher should have gathered all the spitballs and shoved them up Juniors ass!
Jen January 12, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I know that many substitutes are qualified educators, but it is NOT a requirement of the position; therefore, many (most) substitutes are warm bodies hired to babysit.
Key00 January 12, 2014 at 09:43 AM
So why is this news? Our teachers did this kind of thing all the time through grade school and high school in the 60's and 70's, and don't get me started about the paddle with holes drilled in it... And back then our parents were actually INVOLVED in our lives. Now parents are getting arrested for even spanking their kids... society has gone so far that it almost has no hope of balance.
Dan Austin January 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Any teacher that does this to my kid will get it handed back to them 10x over...NOBODY teachers included have the right to inflict physical harm to a student!
Tom Hollman January 12, 2014 at 01:17 PM
they need to reinstall the kick in rear at home and at school it worked we did'nt have all those alphabatized deaseses back then either that now can only be treated with drugs to get young adults used to drugs the drug dealers love this system
Jessie James January 12, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Last year one of my coworker's kids had a baseball cap taken away from the teacher because he refused to take it off. It seemed harmless, but policy is a policy. The dad was boasting how he went to the school to retrieve the cap and insult the teacher in front of everyone. He did this sort of thing often, always blaming the teacher and not the son. Well, now the kid dropped out of school, is on drugs, and the dad is now out of words to deal with the problems the son causes. You can totally stick up for your kids, but realize that feeling untouchable in front of teachers or anyone else you kids interact with in a daily basis will carry consequences. I'm glad this happened to this man.
William H. Wilson January 12, 2014 at 03:59 PM
What would have happened if the kid had hit someone in the eye with a spitball? That's why she wanted him to stop. I am sure all the other little bastards told lies about what really happened. The authorities will see through what really happened. The teacher is being framed. Want to bet?
warren blum January 12, 2014 at 05:34 PM
another problem is todays cops are for the most part under 35 and are products themselves of this coddled school style and most will take the side of the punks and schools. until one of these cops show me the right stuff, i dont trust them to do what we did yrs ago and use discretion. something not in their dictionary anymore
Christopher Cheplic January 13, 2014 at 01:16 AM
All I can say about this article is the following: Jim Craigs, you're an idiot and a delusional liar. That incident you described happened only in your imagination, most likely because your "friend" probably cold-cocked you (and not a teacher, not in the 1950's, you nitwit) in the head, causing the brain damage from which you apparently still suffer to this day.
Peter Parker January 13, 2014 at 08:32 AM
First problem, are the parents thinking teachers are supposed to be parents and teachers. Parenting is their job, but that is the problem with today's society. These parents do not want to take their own responsibility for poorly raising their kid.
George Rainha January 13, 2014 at 09:58 AM
What a crock of Bull.This kid never would have survived a catholic school of the 60's.May he RIP
Angela Kortright-Calo January 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM
My God! Some of these responses! Head injuries are no joke!Granted yes discipline and parenting has become an issue. But all this condoning and support of violence upon a child... Seems parenting isn't the only issue we need to address in this society. Really!
Sheriffchris January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Perhaps if the students parents had done their job this would never have happened. The Liberal attitude of no personal responsibility and no consequence is ruling the day
Skye Anderson January 13, 2014 at 02:48 PM
I love the fact that we can comment here and I love the fact that some articles get loads of comments! However, I am disappointed in the level of writing and the fact that so may don't take the time to capitalize, punctuate or write well enough to be understood easily. Some people want to use this forum as a sounding board to get across their own ideas of everything under the sun, and use expletives at that! And others criticize people who dare to comment. We need more comments that are thoughtful and well-written for this to be a truly informative forum.
Einstein January 13, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Maybe if his parents drove his head into a desk, we wouldn't be reading about him now. There are parents and there are parents.
Judith Kenny January 13, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Good for this teacher..ifn she really did do this. Kids are knoiwn to lie and it sounds a little made up to me. buddies are covering for their butts in this thing. Spit balls? The little creep and his mommy and daddy are probably creeps too. I am so tired of kids like him. Disrupting the class and getting away with it. I bet that concussion thing is false too because I smell blood money lol Asking a oack of brats to tell you what happened to their "friend" is like asking the president to tell the truth just one time lol . All teachers need ot have control of those class rooms and if the kid cannot be controlled you take his butt to the priciplas office and suspend him. When we were kids and some jerk did things that got the whole class in toruble, we took care of it after school. The nuns didnt take crap and still don;t so why are other teachers expected to put up with this trash?? Expell thaqt brat and l the other students learn something for a change with those trash brats gone.
American hero January 14, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Teachers today only care about their contracts and retirement plan. Most of them could care less about the kids they teach. If the parents don't care why should they? My neighbor is a teacher at a high school in Pacifica and tells me that is how a lot of them think about this.
gabe honore January 16, 2014 at 04:14 PM
I'm a teacher and it is not my responsibility to raise your children. I do my best to teach them, but if this happened in my classroom, I would send your son/daughter straight to guidance or the principle's office, who, I would hope, calls you to come pick up your little terror. This is a twelve-year old, not a six-year old, and he should know how to act in a classroom. Disrespect the teacher or your classmates, and you are out. Simple as that. Why get into anything physical? There are effective punishments in place that do not involve smashing somebody's head in.
gabe honore January 16, 2014 at 04:22 PM
And to those commenters who glorify violence as a "correction mechanism" of bad behavior, think again. Humans are not a pack of wild dogs and this is not the Wild West. You might teach your children to behave by whipping their butts when they are "bad", but you surely don't raise them to understand right from wrong.
gabe honore January 16, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Big bri, maybe you can ask somebody to explain to you what I wrote. I had actually agreed with you and recommended your post, but maybe there were too many words in my posts and you got lost at some point. Rereading won't hurt.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 06:07 PM
my baby read just fine! if he didnt why would he devote his entire life to reading your comments and making you looks like dummy.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 06:29 PM
baby i think your having one of your spells again. daddy is a peace officer, like you wanted to be, but then got kicked out of the academy for playing with it while looking at pics of them lil boys.


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