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Student complaint leads to assault charges for Portsmouth school principal

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 12, 2015

Portsmouth, Va. - The principal of W.E. Waters Middle School in Portsmouth has been served with a summons for an assault and battery charge.

The charge allegedly stems from an incident involving Principal Alice Graham and a 14-year-old female student on October 21st.

The School Resource Officer assigned to the school heard about the incident through rumors and began investigating.

A report was subsequently filed on November 2nd and the student pressed charges on November 9th.

Graham was served with the summons on November 10th.  She was not taken into custody.

An interim principal will be named at a later date, according to Portsmouth Public Schools.

A spokesperson for Portsmouth Public Schools replied to NewsChannel 3's request for information with the following statement:

"Portsmouth Public Schools cannot comment on personnel matters.  However, all allegations are taken very seriously. Parents should be assured that allegations are fully investigated and reported to CPS, as required by law. Parents were notified today by phone that an interim principal will be named at a later date. All students are safe and administrators are committed to providing a great education for all students."