A Hoke County teacher has been arrested for letting students fight in his classroom.
De’Shawn Thomas Macon has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for staging fights in his classroom between students. He is also charged with one count of disorderly conduct.
Both charges are misdemeanors and Macon was released on a $1,000 bond.
Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said that an investigation revealed that Macon had “instigated and allowed two juveniles to fight in his classroom” at East Hoke Middle School on May 31.
Macon teaches sixth grade English Language Arts at East Hoke Middle and according to state records, holds an active North Carolina teaching license that was issued in 2018 expires in June of 2021.
The record of teacher license discipline and revocations has not been updated since March. Upon investigating why these records were not being updated, sources inside the State Board of Education indicated that over 20 license revocation orders are allegedly sitting unexecuted on Supt. Mark Johnson’s desk.
A call inquiring about the unsigned orders placed to the Dept. of Public Instruction went unreturned.