INDIAN TRAIL — Kathryn (Kate) Earp, principal at Poplin Elementary School, was arrested for simple assault on Jan. 3 in Asheville, according to a police report.

An arrest record from the City of Asheville confirmed that Earp, 33, was charged with simple assault, which is a misdemeanor.

The alleged assault occurred at 15 Page Avenue, the address for the Cambria Hotel.

A public information officer with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said Earp was booked into the detention facility and released on Jan. 3.

The Enquirer-Journal reached out to Union County Public Schools for confirmation of information on Monday (Feb. 15).

UCPS Communications stated: “these matters are personal and personnel-related.” UCPS told The E-J “Mrs. Earp returned to work on Feb. 8.”

Earp was a K-6 classroom teacher and an instructional coach before becoming an administrator, according to her biography on Poplin Elementary’s website.