Substitute removed from Albemarle Middle after using ‘profanity’ in classroom

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

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A substitute teacher at Albemarle Middle School was removed Thursday after she became frustrated with a class and behaved “inappropriately,” according to a message Principal Chris Jonassen sent to parents.

He explained that the woman, while in a classroom, used “profanity and inappropriate comments” and was “removed immediately.” The students and staff remained safe during the incident, he said.

“I want you to know we take situations like this very seriously and are following our personnel protocol related to the incident,” he said. “As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.”

While he could not divulge any personal information about the substitute, Superintendent Dr. Jeff James said the substitute is a parent and works at ESS, a K-12 educational staffing service.

James called ESS and said he does not want her to come back to Albemarle Middle.

Ginger Efird, who works at the district attorney’s office, confirmed that the woman, whose name is Khadija Wilkins, has been arrested and charged with offenses against the public safety and disorderly conduct public building. Wilkins, 43, is an Albemarle resident and is currently in the Stanly County Detention Center on a $30,000 bail.

While Efird could not discuss specifically what took place since it’s still a pending matter, she said there was enough probable cause for a magistrate to issue a warrant.

Messages to Albemarle Police Department and Jonassen were not immediately returned.

Contact reporter Chris Miller at 704-982-2122.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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