Update on Former Thoreau Middle School Principal

September 24, 2020

The following letter was sent to the Thoreau Middle School community:

Dear Thoreau Middle School Families, 

On Wednesday, September 23, we learned that Fairfax County Police charged Thoreau principal Yusef Azimi with failure to properly report child abuse and neglect in a timely manner as required under the law. This charge stems from an investigation that took place in November 2019. At that time, Mr. Azimi was placed on administrative leave and remains on leave. 

FCPS takes this matter seriously and an FCPS Human Resources administrative investigation was conducted concurrently with the police investigation. There is no greater responsibility of a school system than the safety and well-being of our students. Our teachers and staff are trained in best practices and legal requirements regarding mandated reporting of suspected abuse.

We are saddened and distressed by these allegations involving our employee. Police issued a news release on this matter here.

The Thoreau family has shouldered a series of tremendous burdens over the past academic year. Yet the community continues to galvanize to support and uplift one another. I am so grateful for your continued attention to the social, emotional, and academic well-being of our students. Our current interim principal, Sharamaine Williams, the administrative team, and the entire Thoreau staff are working daily to provide support and outstanding education to our Eagles.  

If you or your student would like to speak with a counselor, or need support in any way, please reach out to Ms. Sharamaine Williams at any time. 

Thank you for your continued support of Thoreau Middle School.  


Douglas A. Tyson
Assistant Superintendent, Region 1