September 21, 2022, Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) announced that detectives from its Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Abuse Squad charged 60-year-old instructional assistant Mark MacDicken “for assaulting a juvenile student.”
This occurred after two teachers walked into their classroom and witnessed MacDicken assaulting a student who has special needs.
FCPD’s press release states the following:
The incident in question occurred on September 16, 2022, at Dogwood Elementary School in Reston, Virginia. Specifically, two teachers walked into their classroom and witnessed Mark MacDicken of Centreville VA, assaulting a special needs student. MacDicken has been employed at Dogwood Elementary School for approximately ten years. Yesterday, detectives charged MacDicken with assault and he was released on his signature (no mugshot available).”
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers.” Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.
Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.
This is not the first occurrence of actions taken against students with special education needs in Fairfax County Public Schools.
June 21, 2022, Fairfax County employee Jennifer Carpenter was indicted on “seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of unlawful possession of controlled substance to-wit: Methylphenidate (Ritalin), one count of unlawful possession of controlled substance to-wit: Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall), one count of obtain drugs by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, embezzlement, or subterfuge, and one count of unlawful dispense drug in place of another without permission of the person ordering/prescribing.”
Carpenter, a health department employee at Greenbriar East Elementary School (GEES), is accused of stealing medication such as Adderall and Ritalin, and instead administering an antihistamine to students.
In a May 31, 2022, letter, Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) Director Gloria Addo-Aeynso advised the parents of one GEES student that Carpenter “may have on occasion given your child a generic over the counter antihistamine in lieu of her prescribed medication” and that “based on the information [FCHD] learned about the employee’s behavior and actions, we have placed the employee on administrative leave and are moving to terminate their employment with the county.