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Charge dropped for Cumberland teacher accused of assaulting autistic kids

Posted January 15, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015

Doris Holloway

— Charges against a Cumberland County teacher accused of assaulting two autistic students have been dropped, according to court records.

Doris Holloway, 57, was charged in August with two counts of assault on a handicapped person. At the time, she taught kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Glendale Acres Elementary School in Fayetteville.

Charges were dropped Jan. 6. No reason was given in court records.

Police the charges stemmed from surveillance videos recorded on May 7, 2014. The first shows a 7-year-old boy who was unable to speak being grabbed by his shirt, lifted off his feet and yanked into a classroom. The boy fell on a desk.

The second video shows a 9-year-old's arm being twisted as he's walked to a classroom.

Holloway remains on suspension without pay.

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  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    WOW! She thinks she has gotten away. People that do not know anything about autistic children should absolutely not be allowed to be around them. It takes a very special special person, parents included to work with these children. This lady should have been charged and seen the consequences of her actions. If she does this to an artistic child, a norma child will receive the same from her. NO CHILD IS SAFE AROUND HER!

  • Steve Sanders Jan 16, 2015
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    Doesn't mean she is not quilty! Just means the judge would not allow a continuance and the DA had to take VD on it. If the DA wishes to pursue he can always refile.

  • kpw Jan 16, 2015

    "No reason was given" does not mean "for no reason".

  • ella749061 Jan 15, 2015

    Are you kidding me? Charges dropped with no reason, I am glad my autistic child does not go to this school!