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Teaching Assistants Charged in Student Assault

Posted January 7, 2008 1:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 7, 2008 1:29 p.m. EST

— Two former teaching assistants at a Raleigh school face charges in connection with an altercation involving a 12-year-old student.

Cey-Bristol Williams, 23, was arrested and charged Jan. 3 with simple assault and misdemeanor child abuse in connection with the Dec. 4 incident at Longview School. He was out of jail on a $2,000 bond.

An arrest warrant on the same charges is outstanding for the other assistant, Don Jackson, 26.

Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans would not comment on the details of the case, but said the men resigned from their positions a day after the incident.

Williams had been with the school system since March, Jackson since August, Evans said.

Raleigh police also served the male student with a juvenile petition for property damage.

According to court records, he used a wooden object to attack one teaching assistant's cars.

They were part of an intervention team that had been working with the student.

Longview Principal Pam Jerro called it "a very unfortunate incident," and said the teaching assistants "used extremely poor judgment."

According to the Wake County schools Web site, Longview "serves students in grades 6 through 12 who have been identified as in need of special education services and whose academic and behavioral needs require intensive and intrusive intervention."