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Fayetteville teacher charged with assaulting two students

Posted August 15, 2014 6:01 p.m. EDT
Updated August 15, 2014 11:33 p.m. EDT

— 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.