A substitute teacher who served in Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) has been charged with assaulting an elementary school student.
Nazha Boris Shara, age 50, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a child under 12.
Shara allegedly slapped a 10-year-old on the back of the head or neck on Oct. 31 in a fifth-grade classroom at Holly Grove Elementary in Holly Springs.
According to arrest records, Shara was been released on a $1,500 bond. Her release has conditions, which include staying away from all schools in Wake County and she is barred from any unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18.
Shara worked as a substitute teacher for WCPSS since January 2017 and was immediately removed from the school, pending an internal investigation according to Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Lisa Luten.
Luten also said that a “freeze” has been put her status with the district which prevents her from being hired by any school.
On December 12th, the day after Shara was arrested, Holly Grove Elementary Principal Sarah Simmons released a statement to parents which indicated that she knew about the alleged assault on the day it happened.
Simmons’ statement also said that Shara was instructed to leave the school’s campus and that the parents of the student involved were notified the following day.
“We can assure you that the substitute will not return to Holly Grove Elementary,” Simmons wrote in her statement to parents.
Shara is the 6th Wake County Public Schools employee to be arrested in 2018. Prior WCPSS employee arrests include:
January – Teacher Margarette Duncan Harris was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a male who lived at the same address as her
January – Elementary teacher Jimmy Mallory was arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse after assaulting his 14-year-old son at a basketball game earlier this month.
July – Bus driver Todd Van Nguyen was arrested on July 19 and has been charged with three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
August – Andrea Marie Bradford was charged with felony larceny and obtaining property under false pretenses in connection with the theft of an iPhone X.
August – Elementary school teacher Chip Anthony Hollingsworth was arrested as a result of a joint investigation by local law enforcement and the FBI. Hollingsworth faces 18 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. Arrest documents show that Hollingsworth was in possession of at least 18 videos of children between the ages of 5 and 12 performing sexual acts.