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Fayetteville teacher accused of slapping second-grader

Posted October 31, 2013

— A 35-year-old teacher at Brentwood Elementary School in Fayetteville is accused of slapping a student in the face, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said. 

Tammy Moore, a second-grade teacher, was served with a misdemeanor criminal summons Thursday morning. She must appear in court in January.

Nicole Brown said her 8-year-old son called her crying while she was at work Oct. 11. 

"He was telling me his teacher smacked him in the face because he was bothering another student," Brown said.

Moore told deputies she tapped the child on the left cheek to get his attention so he would sit down and be quiet.School administrators said she has been suspended with pay since the incident. Moore could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Brown said her son's encounter with his teacher has been traumatic.

"He's been having nightmares. He's been acting out of the norm since this happened," she said. "I had to keep him out of school for a couple of days because he was scared to go to school."

Marshall Pitts, an attorney for Brown, said the boy is undergoing counseling.

Moore's case is one of the first to be prosecuted in Cumberland County since the General Assembly passed a law that requires law enforcement agencies get prior written approval before charging a school employee with a crime that occurred as they performed their duties. 

General Statute 15A-301 requires that law enforcement agencies get written approval of district attorney's offices or magistrates. The law does not apply to traffic offenses or offenses that occur in the presence of a law enforcement official.

The law, which is meant to curb bullying, was passed in 2012.

District Attorney Billy West said the procedure has always been standard in Cumberland County to offer an extra layer to protect school employees from false accusations.


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  • belovedsparrow Nov 1, 2013

    I'm not saying that teachers should slap children... but with the way parents let their kids get by with everything now it's not surprising that they raise up disruptive, disrespectful children.
    The kid probably never got any discipline. That's why he was afraid to return to school afterwards... someone might really discipline him. Probably shocked the daylights out of him.

  • oliveoil203 Nov 1, 2013

    "IF" the teacher slapped this child, then shame on her. But, shame on the mother too. Now he can't sleep and needs counseling, really? Let's be real here, this child's mother has probably given her son much worse and I bet he never once went to counseling for it. This just shows where this child probably inherited his "dramatic" gene. I bet he slept like a baby that evening after he finished playing his violent video games. Get a grip

  • btneast Nov 1, 2013

    Too bad the children of today have NO IDEA what discipline is!

    Therein lies the problem. Strict discipline, whether it be corporal punishment or not, is noticeably absent. Kids have no shame for doing something wrong.

  • jetset Oct 31, 2013

    @IWontVote4 LiarsCheatsOrThieves-- having a stranger lays hands on my child is TOTALLY different than having a teacher TAP my child. And, you pegged me completely wrong.I don't ride on an airplane. He probably needed his hiney SPANKED for his obnoxious, rebellious behavior. A "tap" is nothing compared to the EMOTIONAL ABUSE these teachers get day in and day out from STUDENTS and PARENTS. ** I will say it again, I bet the home where this child comes from is probably happy and laughing at all the hoopla that is happening. A tap has not and WILL NOT destroy this child, but firing a teacher so she will never have a job in the teaching field is NOT necessary.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    nroberts95 - "Teachers cannot teach because of people like this."

    Using even mild violence with students is NOT teaching, at least not teaching anything positive.

  • nroberts95 Oct 31, 2013

    @anotherbabyboomer. Totally agree..And our generation turned out fine

  • nroberts95 Oct 31, 2013

    Disagree!!!! Having nightmares. Crazy. I am sure the mom is feeding into this . Teachers cannot teach because of people like this.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    scubagirl2 - "I would imagine that the boy had never been spanked at home so figures anything goes and he didn't have to do what the teacher said. I definitely don't think she needs to be fired. I blame MOM not the teacher."

    I blame the government. I've worked with children for years. Parents nowadays are afraid to swat their children. Heck, some of them are even afraid to thoroughly clean them changing diapers because they're afraid they'll be charged with sexual abuse.

    It's the government that has brought us to this!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    jetset - "Isn't it a joke that the child misbehaved in class, got a "tap" and now the teacher will probably lose her job."

    I disagree!!!

    If it isn't your kid, you don't touch it. PERIOD!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    scuba - "...we paid attention in class or got kicked out and in more trouble at home..."

    Same here.

    If our parents found out we'd showed our behinds at school, we got paddled at home not only for bad behavior but for bringing embarrassment upon our family.