NC teacher accused of assaulting student with disabilities

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Penny Barker

CRAMERTON, N.C. — Cramerton police confirmed Monday they arrested Penny Barker, 42, of Gastonia, and charged her with striking a child with disabilities by using her hands and objects, according to WSOC.

Barker, a MacAdenville Elementary School teacher, was suspended without pay.

Barker was charged with two counts of assault on a child under 12 years of age and two counts of assault on a handicapped person.

The alleged crimes occurred between Oct. 1, 2016, and Feb. 4, police said.