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D.A. Drops Case Against Wake County Teacher Accused Of Spanking

Posted May 12, 2005 9:27 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County district attorney has dropped the case of a teacher accused of whipping a child.

Last month, Ann Holloway accused her 5-year-old son's pre-kindergarten teacher at Fred Smith Elementary School of whipping the child with a belt.

Investigators, however, now say there is no evidence to prove the teacher spanked the boy.

Holloway's allegations prompted the school to suspend the teacher, who after more than two weeks, is back in the classroom.

"We completed a thorough investigation, and we found there was not enough evidence to support the allegation, so the teacher was returned to the classroom today following a suspension with pay," Michael Evans of Wake County Public Schools said Thursday.

Evans said the school system stands behind the instructor.

"If we thought there was any shred of information that would put a child in jeopardy or danger, that teacher would not be returned to the classroom," he said.

Holloway said Thursday she stands by her story and now is pulling her son out of Wake County schools.

She also said that her attorney has advised her not to pursue a lawsuit against the school system.