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Fayetteville teacher charged with assaulting two students

Posted August 15

— Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested a teacher accused of physically assaulting two students at Glendale Acres Elementary School who have autism.

Doris Holloway, 57, of the 6300 block of Milton Drive in Fayetteville, is charged with two counts of assault on a handicapped person. She was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center on her own recognizance and is scheduled for a first court appearance Sept. 10.

Investigators said security video from May 7 shows a 7-year-old boy standing in a hall outside of class and his feet being lifted off the floor.

Witnesses said Holloway lifted the boy by grabbing the front of his shirt and yanking him into the classroom. The student, who is unable to speak, fell into a desk, investigators said.

Holloway was also seen on video twisting the arm of a 9-year-old boy while walking him to his classroom, investigators said.

Holloway teaches kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students, and her husband said she had been teaching special needs students in Cumberland County for about 20 years.

School officials could not be reached for comment about Holloway's status Friday night. Classes in Cumberland County schools begin Aug. 26. Holloway's first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 10.

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  • 678devilish Aug 18, 3:32 p.m.

    Good comment JWSAWYER. No teacher should be bullying autistic children or any student. That is so wrong. These teachers should not be allowed in the classroom if they are going to abuse these students.

  • 678devilish Aug 18, 3:30 p.m.

    Sometimes when working with autistic or any child for that matter you must enforce your position of authority.

    Absolutely Not!! You do not abuse artistic children in the manner she handled this child. That was wrong and yes she was charged. If it had been your child, you would chat differently, would you not?

  • 678devilish Aug 18, 3:28 p.m.

    For 20 years she has been teaching the special needs children. Apparently she has not learn that these children do have special needs. I pray the school will not allow her back into the school. She should have been charged and now she will face her dire consequences. The parents should make sure she is not in the classroom ever again. They need to protect their child. Its the child rights. I guess the teacher forgot the special needs children have rights.

  • jwsawyer Aug 15, 7:45 p.m.

    This teacher is a real piece of work. She goes around bullying autistic children - really!

  • Tug Boat II Aug 15, 7:04 p.m.

    Once again we are kicking the teachers in the teeth and ignoring the real problem. When working with autistic children, it can be a real challenge. Sometimes when working with autistic or any child for that matter you must enforce your position of authority. This is why teachers are leaving the state in record numbers!