NC teacher charged with assault of autistic boys

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

FAYETTEVILLE — A Cumberland County teacher faces charges that she assaulted two autistic students.

Doris Holloway, 47, of Fayetteville was charged Friday with two counts of assault on a handicapped person, the sheriff's office said in a news release. She teaches kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Glendale Acres Elementary School.

The charges stem from two surveillance videos recorded on the same day, May 7, officers said. The first shows a 7-year-old boy being grabbed by the front of his shirt, lifted off his feet and yanked into the classroom from the hall. The boy, who is unable to speak, fell on a desk, the sheriff's office said.

The second video from the same day shows the arm of a 9-year-old being twisted as he's walked to a classroom, officers said.

A woman who confirmed she's Doris Holloway hung up when an Associated Press reporter identified herself Saturday.

A magistrate released Holloway on Friday from the Cumberland County Detention Center on two written promises to appear at her first court date, set for Sept. 10.