NC elementary teacher accused of assaulting autistic students


Doris Holloway (Courtesy: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Cumberland County elementary teacher has been arrested and charged with assaulting two autistic students.

WTVD-TV reported that 57-year old Doris Holloway works at Glendale Acres Elementary School where she teaches Kindergarten, first and second grade.

The suspect was allegedly caught on surveillance video assaulting two autistic students on May 7.

Police said surveillance video showed a 7-year-old boy standing in a hallway outside of his classroom and then, his feet being lifted off the floor.

Witnesses said Holloway lifted the autistic student off his feet by grabbing the front of his shirt and yanking him into the classroom.

The student, who is unable to speak, fell into a desk, according to WTVD-TV.

On the same day, Holloway was seen in surveillance video twisting the arm of another student, a 9-year-old autistic boy, while walking him to his classroom.

The suspect is expected to make a first court appearance on Sept. 10.

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