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Former Wake Teacher Appears in Court on Assault Charge

Posted March 5, 2007 5:17 p.m. EST

— A former Wake County teaching assistant was in court Monday in connection with accusations of hitting an autistic student.

Vieda Mazur appeared in Wake County District Court, where she faces a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a handicapped person. Her case was continued Monday, and she’s due back in court in April.

Police said a witness told authorities in April of 2006 that they saw Mazur slap the student when she was a teaching assistant at Dillard Drive Elementary in Raleigh.

According to personnel records, Mazur resigned from the Wake County school system last fall. There is no record of any disciplinary action related to the accusation.

In January, a substitute teacher was charged with assaulting her own autistic child in a separate case. Several faculty members told investigators Anita Dankin slammed the child's head against the floor and then kicked him.

The assault allegedly occurred when Dankin was working as a substitute teacher at East Clayton Elementary. Dankin faces two counts of child abuse.