RICHMOND, Va. — Over the weekend the principal of Richmond’s Huguenot High School was arrested, police sources confirmed.
Jafar W. Barakat was arrested and held in custody and then released, sources confirmed. The situation involved a domestic dispute, a school board member said.
The Richmond School Board met on Tuesday, which was also the first day of school for many area districts. The board discussed Barakat’s removal from his position until this situation is resolved.
Huguenot High students said it did not take long for word to spread after the school board’s decision Tuesday to place him on administrative leave until the legal issue is resolved.
“I mean… it’s his business, so I don’t think we should talk about,” one student said.
Court documents detail the alleged assault that happened when the principal met at the Panera at Willow Lawn to return his two children to their mother.
The mother, according to the document, said that she questioned Barakat about why their son had no shoes on and why someone had done their child’s hair without the her approval.
From there, the woman said she and Barakat started cursing at each other before she alleges Barakat tossed pretzels in her face, called her a b**** and then drove off. But she said her ex-husband then returned and called police.
Barakat has served as principal of Huguenot since 2012. Before that he was served for one year as the principal of a Thomas FitzSimons High School in Philadelphia, according to his personal LinkedIn account.
His prior career includes job positions within the Chesterfield County school system, as Assistant Principal from 2008-2010, according to his online resume. He served as the dean of students in Chesterfield, from 2007-2008.
A judge denied an emergency protective order extension filed by the mother that expired Wednesday because of “a lack of evidence.”
Barakat is scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge in October.
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