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Sheriff's office: Lee County 1st grader tried to assault teacher with scissors

Posted November 17, 2015

— A first-grader at B.T. Bullock Elementary School in Sanford is facing juvenile charges of assault and disorderly conduct after deputies say the student tried Monday to assault a teacher with a pair of scissors.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the student also threw items around the classroom and attempted to damage school computers.

The student was restrained and removed from the class by a Lee County school resource officer.

"The teacher followed the correct procedures to remove students from the classroom to ensure their safety and immediately elicited the help of administration and the school resource officer to assist," said Sharon Spence of Lee County Schools. "At no time was there a threat to the rest of the school community."

Officials said the student and his mother will be summoned to court and have the case heard in front of a District Court judge, which could include probation or community service.

No other information about the incident was released.


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  • Real Libertine Nov 30, 2015
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    Typical bleeding heart.

    How many psychotropics is this kid on? Is he properly diagnosed? Don't we all miss institutions where kids (and adults) could be kept safe? Because next time, it could be another child instead of a teacher.

  • Libby Lynn Nov 18, 2015
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    "Until these kids that are being produced for a monthly check are taken and put in a [sic] nuturing environment and taught social skills things like this will keep happening."

  • Deneise Sims Nov 18, 2015
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    It could have been an autism meltdown. More information would be helpful. We should not rush to judgement. Something is certainly lacking somewhere for a child to come to the point of tantrum throwing in a classroom. It would be nice to know if this child gets the help he so obviously needs. Parents are not disciplining their children properly these days, and too many children are being allowed to get away with poor behavior. However, we need to make sure this is the case with this child before going there.

  • Reggie Berryman Nov 18, 2015
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    When it's against the law to use a stern voice with a child this is what you get!

  • Susan Olvera Nov 17, 2015
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    I'm sure the police are going to thoroughly interview the parents. There are indeed some children with special needs that are prone to violence, please don't be so quick to blame the parents. My mother was good friends with a woman who woke up to find her five year old standing over her with a hammer. The child was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

  • Elizabeth Hawkins Nov 17, 2015
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    Better nip this behavior problem in the bud now or else those attacks will continue. When my daughter who is now 27 was in the first grade, a young male child was reaching up under girls dresses, dropping pencils on floor to sneak a peek up their dresses and yes, rubbing his private parts on them when they stood in line. That is not normal behavior for a first grader at all. After many complaints, they dug into his life and determined he was exhibiting these behaviors taught from those who were his guardians. So...my guess is he acts that which he is taught by seeing. Best nip it in the bud now. Big boys want stop with a pair of scissors.

  • Marcy Lyn Nov 17, 2015
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    If a child is this uncontrollable, even an IEP wont help !

  • Wanda Hicks Nov 17, 2015
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    In all likelihood this is not the whole story. Most likely this child is a special needs child and the IEP was not followed correctly. One should not be so quick to blame the parents until they know the facts. Clearly this story was an attention grabber. I hope WRAL will investigate further and provide an update.

  • Lynn Wilhelm Nov 17, 2015
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    Are you guys kidding? This child shouldn't be "charged" with anything. He/She's a first grader. No, there is no excuse for attacking anyone, but this child needs help dealing with his anger.
    I checked out these comments expecting to see outrage about charges against this child, but instead I see people immediately vilifying the parents and child--even saying he/she's on their way to prison.
    I hope someone will help give this child a chance. If the parents are overwhelmed or unable to care for him/her help needs to be given. (And that might not require removing the child from home.)

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 17, 2015
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    The parents should be charged with some form of neglect. This kid didn't just invent this behavior, he learned it.