An Iredell-Statesville Public Schools teacher has been arrested and charged with assaulting a handicapped student but putting the children in trash cans.
Robin Lorraine Johnson, age 51, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. No photo of Johnson was provided.
Johnson received a $20,000 bond and will appear in court again on November 4.
The incidents of the assault included Johnson stuffing handicapped children in trash cans and allegedly took place at Cloverleaf Elementary School during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.
According to the Iredell Sheriff’s office, a report was filed by a therapist who indicated multiple children said they were put in a trash can or recycling bin by Johnson.
According to the Iredell-Statesville school district, Johnson was suspended Oct. 17 with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the district.
Johnson was hired in 2008 and has served as a bus driver, a receptionist, a teacher assistant and then as a licensed teacher. Johnson has worked at N.B. Mills elementary, East Iredell Elementary and Cloverleaf Elementary school.
During the years the alleged incident took place, Johnson was the teacher in the Exceptional Children’s classroom at the school and, as of this article, she is still listed in the Cloverleaf school directory as an Exceptional Children’s teacher.
State records show that Johnson currently holds a valid North Carolina Teachers license in the areas of:
Elementary Education (K-6)
EC Science (K-6)
Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12)
Birth to Kindergarten
EC Social Studies (K-6)
EC Math (K-6)
EC Language Arts