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Ex-teacher's assistant charged with assaulting Cary special-needs students

Posted July 23, 2009
Updated July 24, 2009

— A former Wake County teacher’s assistant is accused of assaulting two students in a special needs class at Adams Elementary School in Cary, officials said Thursday.

Edward Michael Gregory, 51, of Cary, was arrested on Thursday.

Gregory started working for the Wake County Public School System in July 2006. He resigned from his job as at Adams Elementary on June 11, police said.

Gregory is accused of slapping an 11-year-old boy because the boy did not want to eat his lunch, according to court documents. He is also accused of throwing a 10-year-old out of the front door of the school.

Gregory is also accused of grabbing two students by their chins and physically forcing them to eat peanut butter, according to court documents.


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  • mewubbau Jul 24, 2009

    As a parent, I think I would be willing to donate toward cameras at my daughter's school. At least some of it, if it meant having a little more peace of mind while she was away from me. I try to tell myself I can't keep her in a bubble, but a camera might be nice to deter "bad apples" from doing these type of things!

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 24, 2009


  • Adelinthe Jul 24, 2009

    DeathRow - "And how much would that system cost to install in EVERY school in the state? Money isn't the answer to everything."

    First of all, the cost shouldn't matter because this would protect teachers as well as students because then a teacher couldn't be accused of something they didn't do.

    Secondly, schools can often get donations from major corporations for things like this so they end up getting it for free.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jul 24, 2009

    Scarlet - "Perhaps it's time for cameras to be installed in classrooms which would also help some of the behavioral problems if the kids AND teachers/assistants know there is a video."

    I thought they all had them already, but I guess not.

    If not, then yes - it's high time. Many daycares and preschools have them, why not for public schools?

    And yes, I would also help with behavioral problems because the parent could see the problem for themselves instead of just hearing about it.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jul 24, 2009

    Willow -

    This was one bad egg. Perhaps the others are all great.

    Please take comfort in knowing that now this has been brought to light, the teachers in those classes will be getting watched like hawks. k

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jul 24, 2009

    If this is found to be true, WTHeck was he thinking???


    Praying for the children.

    God bless.


  • Scarlet Jul 24, 2009

    "And how much would that system cost to install in EVERY school in the state? Money isn't the answer to everything."

    The money is well spent if the cameras will help stop even 1 incident of child abuse, drug trafficking and bullying and also helps protect the teachers from false allegations as well as students.

  • mjones8069 Jul 24, 2009

    Just goes to show-- lets put more tax $$ into education so we can raise salaries and manage to hire people who are more qualified than this guy.

  • BigUNCFan Jul 24, 2009

    I think we should withhold judgement on condemning this guy based on a short WRAL article. Remember Duke Lax and possibly now Ben Rothlesburger. I want to see more evidence before I rush to judgement.

  • lisa4 Jul 24, 2009

    My prayers go out to these children and their families. I know this man is innocent until proven guilty, but if he is guilty, he needs the same treatment he gave those children plus some. I hope & pray if they find him guilty he will never be able to work with children again.