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February 19, 2004

What is it with school janitors lately? This time, a janitor at a New Orleans elementary school has been charged with simple assault after a substitute teacher accused her of thrusting a feces-caked broom in her face.

Despite the charge, a school district spokeswoman told the Times Picayune newspaper that an internal investigation didn't back up the substitute teacher's allegation and added that the janitor hasn't been disciplined.

Sheriff's officials said they called the school and asked the janitor, Oleen Bodin, to surrender after receiving an arrest warrant issued by a ward judge. The teacher, Wilma Gourgues, had gone to the judge last week with her complaint about the janitor, according to the Times Picayune.

Gourgues said in her complaint that the incident began when a pupil had an accident on the gym floor of the school. Bodin used a broom to sweep the mess into a dustpan, but Gourgues said she told the janitor that using a broom was unsanitary. Bodin, she reported, responded by turning the dirty broom upside down, thrusting its soiled bristles near her face, and telling her, "Don't tell me how to do my job."

Gourgues waited two weeks to call authorities. A school system spokeswoman said: "We find the allegations from the substitute teacher to be untrue and unfounded. We have witnesses to that effect."

Source: Times-Picayune of New Orleans

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