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Warrants: Ex-teacher's aide slapped, force-fed students

Posted July 24, 2009

Five arrest warrants detail accusations that a former teacher's assistant abused two children in a special-needs class at Adams Elementary School in Cary.

Edward Michael Gregory, 51, of 103 Goldwood Court, was arrested Thursday on five counts of assault on a handicapped person. He was released on bond that night.

The warrants say that Gregory abused two boys on four occasions in December 2008 and May 2009. The boys were between the ages of 9 and 11 at the time.

The warrants also allege that on Dec. 11, Gregory grabbed the boys' chins and "physically force-fed peanut butter" to them. That was intended to be punishment, according to the warrant.

On May 13, Gregory allegedly slapped one boy on the head because he didn't want to eat his lunch, the warrants says. A week later, he grabbed the other boy by the left arm and threw him out the front door of the school; a day later, he pinched the back of the same boy's neck, according to the warrants.

The warrants say that three other teachers who witnessed the abuse made school administrators aware of it. The school then alerted police.

Police said they had received previous reports about Gregory, who had worked for the Wake County Public School System since July 2006. He resigned June 11, police said.

Adams Elementary Principal Doug Hooper said the school is fully cooperating with authorities. He declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.

Gregory's next court appearance is set for Aug. 26.


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  • killerbeautyqueen Jul 24, 2009

    and lemme guess he's a good christian man who's married with kids.

  • teacher-mom Jul 24, 2009

    He needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  • angora2 Jul 24, 2009

    The guy sounds like my elementary school teachers .. and they were all women! Showing my age here.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 24, 2009

    That's a big, tough man there. What a big man! Glad he got caught! Just unbelievable...

  • mochabrown Jul 24, 2009

    Why do folk feel like they have to be so mean? If he knows he can't handled being around kids, he doesn't need to be teaching them.

    You DO NOT do a child like that. Good the others reported it and administration reacted as they should. He should have not been allowed to resign, but fired right there on the spot.

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Jul 24, 2009

    Hats off to those who had the courage to reported him. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

  • readerman Jul 24, 2009

    These incidents keep happening in Wake County and will continue to do so until there is real punishment for the offenders. I think facing the parents in a locked room would be fair.

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 24, 2009

    What a piece of work that guy is. You don't just get up one day and act like this (usually) ..... surely he's done something like this before. Either a background check wasn't done or a not very thorough one was done. There must be a better screen process that could be implemented.

  • TriangleMommy Jul 24, 2009

    I agree Penny - I'm also a parent of a Special Needs child (although mine is much younger), and that teacher is glad he isn't answering to the Parents instead of a Jury. He's gonna get off much easier with a Jury than in front of the parents. (although not if I was on that Jury!)

  • Professor Jul 24, 2009

    This teacher's aid was deathly wrong. Give me the job and I will treat all students with respect. You don't hit or abuse students. Those days are over.