A McDowell County elementary school teacher’s assistant has been accused of assaulting a student with disabilities.
UPDATE: A jury in the case which was heard in McDowell County Superior Court found the teacher not guilty on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Anjanette Rebekah Myers, age 44, is charged with assault on a person with a disability which was reported to authorities on February 15.
McDowell County Sheriff’s Officer Lt. Richelle Bailey said that Meyers, a teacher’s assistant at West Marion Elementary, “is charged with striking a 9-year-old on the side of the head.”
According to Lt. Bailey Meyers received a “written promise to appear in court.”
“As reported in today’s press release from the McDowell County Sherriff ‘s Office, former teacher assistant Anjanette R. Myers has been charged with assault on an individual with a disability,” McDowell County Schools District Superintendent Mark Garrett said in a statement.
“Ms. Myers was previously suspended from her duties at West Marion Elementary School, pending further investigation of the alleged incident. Upon completion of the investigation and notification of charges, her employment with McDowell County Schools has been terminated,” Garrett said.
In a press release from the McDowell County School District, Myers was hired in July 2015 and was at first suspended from her position during the investigation of the alleged assault. She has since been fired.
There are no records of a North Carolina teachers license being issued to Meyers.