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Posted at 7:06 AM ET, 11/18/2010

D.C. teacher beaten near school

By Debbi Wilgoren

Security is being tightened this week outside an elementary school in Southeast Washington after a teacher was badly beaten during an apparent robbery, WRC-TV (Channel 4) is reporting.

The news station said the 46-year-old teacher had parked about a block away from Moten Elementary @ Wilkinson late Monday morning and was walking to the school when a masked man approached her and demanded her purse. When she refused, the man pulled out a pistol and began pistol-whipping her, the WRC report said.

The teacher is reportedly still undergoing treatment at Howard University Hospital, WRC said. Moten @ Wilkinson, which serves students in pre-school through 5th grade, is located at 2330 Pomeroy Road SE. It was created by the merger of two under-enrolled schools in 2008.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | November 18, 2010; 7:06 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education  
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South East DC, this kind of stuff is considered sport there.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 18, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Poor teacher. But how ironic that the thug almost certainly was a product of the DC school system.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | November 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

People just give it up; if you die you still will be without it..I know it hurts and it makes you mad that someone who does nothing wants to take something from someone. I am praying; but this is just an example leave your valuables at home and just give it up; God will take care of it!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | November 18, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

People just give it up; if you die you still will be without it..I know it hurts and it makes you mad that someone who does nothing wants to take something from someone. I am praying; but this is just an example leave your valuables at home and just give it up; God will take care of it!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | November 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

This is inexcusable. I hope the teacher will be ok. She should sue the pants off of the city. I hope they find the tug who did this and make an example of him. The police should provide escort/security services to our teachers and students!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 18, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

how about instead of providing escorts/security for all our teachers and students, we just find and execute all the thugs....a lot of them are in jail and prison right now, we can start my immediately executing them now.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 18, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

People need to get back to abandoning DC. Its not for the civilized, why subject yourself to such crap?

Posted by: plugugly7 | November 18, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

And the Post just did a story about the lack of "highly qualified" teachers in southeast. Notice that there was no mention that any teacher with brains would ever work there for fear of being robbed or beaten.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 18, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Here's the story the Post DIDN'T tell you:

It turns out that the attacker was a former student of this teacher. He was still sore over a poor grade he received on a paper he had written regarding Camus' dismissive attitude toward Kafka's approach to existentialism.

He and the teacher seemed to have had a differnece of opinion on this subject, so he beat the crap out of him while wearing a ski mask.

Posted by: Hk45 | November 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This just happened to take place in DC...it happens in practically every large urban school system.
A friend of mine from college taught middle school in the Balt. City immediately upon graduating. She was attacked something like 4 times in 2 years.
She also had her wallet stolen because the locked closet it was stored in was broken into during lunch.
When she left to bcome a full time mother she put it like this: You hate to say anyone is hopeless but its impossible to find anything positive in those kids.
Unless there is a signifcant change in the culture these kids are being raised in they're essentially going to be a "throw away" generation...not worth the resources to attempt to educate them.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse


Why would anyone risk their lives by going to SE DC?

Posted by: kenk33 | November 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

People get me with the crap they say on a blog, but would never say to someone who actually lives in and knows these neighborhoods. I was born and raised in southeast and after living her for all 39 years, yes there's been trouble, but most people who live here don't have it happen to them. I never been robbed or robbed anybody. Most people in my neighborhood haven't either. It's because your looking for it or not paying attention to prevent it. These things happen everywhere. Keep your ignorants a$$ out of d.c. and deal with your suburban home invasions and child molesters.

Posted by: bobby31 | November 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

People get me with the crap they say on a blog, but would never say to someone who actually lives in and knows these neighborhoods. I was born and raised in southeast and after living her for all 39 years, yes there's been trouble, but most people who live here don't have it happen to them. I never been robbed or robbed anybody. Most people in my neighborhood haven't either. It's because your looking for it or not paying attention to prevent it. These things happen everywhere. Keep your ignorants a$$ out of d.c. and deal with your suburban home invasions and child molesters.

Posted by: bobby31 | November 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the robber was likely a product of DCPS, but poor behavior is not endemic to the District.

In loco MoCo schools (MCPS) a kid slapped me. Another called me a white, four-eyed m----------r, walked over to the middle of class, bent over, pulled off her pants, and said,"AND YOU CAN JUST KISS MY B---- A--. In the same building a girl tried to steal my wallet.

What sanctions did these students face as a result of their actions?

None.

Posted by: jbartelloni | November 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't DC have the death penalty because whoever did this richly deserves it.

Posted by: playahatah | November 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Bring corporal punishment back to public schools.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't DC have the death penalty because whoever did this richly deserves it.

Posted by: playahatah | November 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Anything that happens in SE is thrown on the news and into the front pages of every paper, but let the same thing happen crosstown better yet in NW its brushed under the rug and you dont hear about it again. People crimes like this happen everywhere and everyday in all sections of DC, a purse is not worth lossing your life she should have just given it to him, everything in it could have been replaced

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | November 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: williamhuxtan :Poor teacher. But how ironic that the thug almost certainly was a product of the DC school system.

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Williamhuxtan, for the likes of you to be a by-product of the human race is up for serious debate

Posted by: richdj25 | November 18, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

bobby31,
So you have no problem with teachers being attacked on his/her way to work? Everyone who wasn't raised in SE should just stay out of DC?
Its that mentality that will keep the culture ongoing.
Rather than acknowledge the issue and the need to change attempt to divert attention from the actual issue. Right out of the Jessie Jackson/Al Sharpton handbook...
And I'd have NO problem saying any of what I posted to anyone's face because its accurate.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

There is zero accountability, zero ambition, and zero RESPECT. I agree, the future looks grim indeed for my people. Yes, it's sad to have to face harsh reality.

Posted by: kimnealctr | November 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

BigDaddy651 - what did Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have to do with the senseless attack on that teacher.

If you have a problem with them, perhaps you need to step to their faces, instead of hide behind a computer screen and vent utter nonsense.

It's a given that people like you will never do anything of substance in protecting the helpless, except spew empty words on the regular.

Posted by: richdj25 | November 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't blame the teacher for not giving in to this thugs demands. In DC it seems that they will rob you and then kill you so even if you give up your valuables you are still likely to be killed. Why does a teacher have to park on the street? There should be secure parking.

Posted by: TG10 | November 18, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed this kind of crime does indeed happen in MoCo. It's so pervasive in schools over in mya rea that I took my kids out of the public system. You will never hear about it. Several teachers have been assaulted (were talking elementary here) The amount of disrespect and darn near torture they have to deal with is systematically swept under the rug. Noblody wants to face it, and they certainly can't do anything about it unless kids are going to be held accountable for their behavior. My kids used to ask me "Why do I even have to go?", and quite literally "Why do I have to behave? So and so doesn't."-I'd answer "Because you are my child and school is your job, you also represent yourself AND this family." They bought that for a while but be middle school it's laughable. No people of Southeast, we are not saying your area is the pits-frankly, I'd like to live there in some of the homier neighborhoods I've seen-I can't afford it. Believe it, I've looked into it. To the loco Moco teacher-I hope you quit right before the MSA's and I hope you go to the Examiner so that they can do an expose (a huge one) on the atual state of MoCo schools. The real estate lobby is very strong, but shoot, I'll support you.

Posted by: stopthemadness | November 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Please bring Michelle Rhee back!!!

Posted by: henrytruong | November 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"People just give it up; if you die you still will be without it..I know it hurts and it makes you mad that someone who does nothing wants to take something from someone. I am praying; but this is just an example leave your valuables at home and just give it up; God will take care of it!!!" Yo shadon that's when you use your legal handgun on the thug and do the world a favor.

Posted by: FLvet | November 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of teachers, looks like Ms. Wilgoren's were not very demanding seeing as how she is too lazy to spell out "at."

Posted by: Cossackathon | November 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

richdj25,
Apparently you have some type of reading comprehension issue.
I pointed out that like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton regularly do, bobby31 was attempting to divert attention from the issue at hand...in this case the attack on the teacher.
Perhaps, if either Jessie or Al had any actual integrity, they'd be parading in front of cameras outraged over an attack on a teacher trying to go to work to educate poor children.
Exactly what are you doing other than hiding behind a computer screen as you accuse me of doing?
I do volunteer and fundraising work for developmentally disabled in my spare time, volunteer at a local food pantry and donate over $10K a year to charity. How about you?
So, if you'd like to remove your head from a certain other area of your body, do so at any time.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of teachers, looks like Ms. Wilgoren's were not very demanding seeing as how she is too lazy to spell out "at."

Posted by: Cossackathon | November 18, 2010 12:12 PM |

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She spelled it correctly. The name is "officially" spelled with an ampersand.

Posted by: GP04 | November 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Poor teacher. But how ironic that the thug almost certainly was a product of the DC school system.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | November 18, 2010 8:19 AM
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Rumor has it that the masked robber had white hands, blue eyes and smelt like trash and had on a class ring from a Montgomery County Public school.

I'm just saying...

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, this is a shame. Back in my day, teachers were respected and revered. It is only going to hurt our kids because the better qualified teachers will go elsewhere to teach. Mayor Gray and the Education Chancellor have a tall order on their hands. You cannot challenge students to learn if you cannot provide them with good teachers!! People should have a safe environment to work in. If an employer cannot provide that, that worker will go elsewhere. With all that's in and around the District, we should be the Mecca of Education and culture, but we are not. We are the butt of many jokes about people with inner-city educations. Let's re-build D.C. from the inside out and start with the education system. Remember the saying: "If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime." (And not have to rob people to do it.)

Posted by: heygriff | November 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Solution:

Legalize all narcotics and tax them. Stipulate that people are responsible for their actions when under the influence. Use the proceeds from the tax dollars to build prisons and imprison the idiots who use narcotics and commit crimes.

Pretty soon, we'll have the idiots behind bars where they can't hurt people.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | November 18, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is this not bigger news?

Posted by: chaos1 | November 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the teacher.I blame the thug who beat up the teacher and the thugs parental units where ever they may be. Swift and certain harsh consequences should follow for the thug. the only use the thug is to society is to become an organ donor!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Lynching has gotten a bad rap over the years.

Posted by: RVZ555 | November 18, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Lynching has gotten a bad rap over the years.

Posted by: RVZ555 | November 18, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Jero,
So the issue is with the woman not giving up her purse and NOT that she was attacked on her way to work? Umm...okay.
In fact, I think you're correct. How DARE she attempt to go to work to teach children! And to think she even wanted to keep her purse while doing so is simply an problem that HAS to stop. Thank goodness that guy attempted to rob her and beat her viciously. That'll teach you productive citizens...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

SouF-East... Need we say more?

Posted by: farmanimal911 | November 18, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BigDaddy651Exactly what are you doing other than hiding behind a computer screen as you accuse me of doing?
I do volunteer and fundraising work for developmentally disabled in my spare time, volunteer at a local food pantry and donate over $10K a year to charity. How
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sure you do bigdaddy651....you give over 10K a year to charity, the same way you embrace Jesse and Al too the fullest....lol!!!!

And to repeat.....stop hiding and complaining and do something of substance during your sorry existence.


Why don't you show up at that school and volunteer, instead of pretend you give anything to charity.

Posted by: richdj25 | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

What?:

"She should sue the pants off of the city"

"Sue the city"? For what? For the ghetto thugs that breed there? For the crappy parenting that is endemic?

And this:

"The police should provide escort/security services to our teachers and students!"

Yeah, sure! Let's put police everywhere because the parents of the ghetto trash did not raise their punks with the proper values. Let's sue and blame it on the police instead of examining our own missing values and absent parenting.

Posted by: jackson641 | November 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the teacher for not giving in to this thugs demands. In DC it seems that they will rob you and then kill you so even if you give up your valuables you are still likely to be killed.
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You say the word "thug" because the crime happened in DC?

I wonder what did you call the MoCo teacher who robbed a bank and drug store?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 18, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

richdj25,
I'm neither hiding nor complaining. What some wanna be intellectual believes means nothing to me. We know what we do and are thankful to have the means to do it.
My wife teaches...based upon her annual compensation it seems like she volunteers already. She's seriously underpaid for the garbage she deals with due to lack of parenting of those "students".
That is my point for a need for a cultural change.
Until the same value is placed on education that is placed on athletic or rapping skills nothing is going to change.
And we no longer even live in metro DC. I can only imagine what larger area's schools are like.
Funny you mention volunteering at a school...since I've worked in financial services a long time I've spoken to several classes over the years on basic personal financial education.
I was in to talk with an 8th grade class in Hagerstown a few years ago. Before I even went in the room the teacher advised me that literally 50% or more of those kids would eventually drop out before graduation. And thats in Hagerstown! Imagine Baltimore, DC or Philly?
So you do what you can do and hope it makes a difference in the world.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

naturally, he picked a woman to rob and pistol whip ..... big man on campus. hope the teach doesn't return to the hood.

Posted by: peanut47 | November 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

BigDaddy651....I’ll bet you do all those things, and yada...yada...yada. That's one heck of a fable, yet I don't get why people such as you are so quick to broad brush or inject people like Al Shartpon and Jesse Jackson into situations such as this, as if they’re the problem, instead of the criminal element at hand.

Did you get a chance to read some the racist rants on this blog?

These people sure do carry around a lot of baggage, when it comes to the black community, especially in matters of crime, which I’m sure they feel is strictly relegated to neighborhoods like those, whilst their communities are all in the leave it to Beaver mode. You know, no drugs, no crime, no child molesters, no high school drop-outs, and so on.

Yes sir.....living in fantasy land seems to be one heck of a stretch for the bigots on this blog, amongst other things.

Posted by: richdj25 | November 18, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Moten Elementary? As in Ron Moten? Figures.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | November 18, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the assailant was dropping his kids off.

Posted by: mcpinnix | November 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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