A former Robeson Public Schools teacher is facing charges of assaulting a student according to a recent report by The Robesonian.
Charles Eugene Davis II, age 54, was arrest on May 28 and charged with assault on a child under age 12 and misdemeanor child abuse. He was issued a $5,000 bond, which he posted and was released from custody.
According to the report by The Robesonian, after the rescheduling of the original court appearance, his court date is now set for July 29.
Here are some of the details from that same report of the alleged incident:
“Davis allegedly assaulted his student Terry Demetrius Murphy, 11, on Feb. 20, 2020, in his arts class at Townsend Middle School, according to Murphy’s mother, Skykalonda Murphy.”
Terry Murphy was playing with another student when Davis pushed a desk in front of him and caused the boy to trip, according to Murphy’s mother. He then “asked Terry what he would do about it” and said “go ahead and swing at me,” she said. After Terry swung, the teacher picked him up and slammed him on the ground, before pinning him down on his stomach and pressing the student’s arm to his back, according to the mother.
She was told about the incident by the principal, Murphy said.
“He had a concussion. He still has headaches from that concussion,” she said.
Terry was suspended for two days, and Davis was suspended for an unknown amount of time, Murphy said.”
The Robesonian’s report notes that Davis no longer works for the district according to Grady Hunt, the Robeson County Public School Board of Education attorney. The report also says that the district did not give any further details as to whether the district allowed Davis to resign or if he was terminated.
State law requires a teacher to give 30 days notice. If such notice is not given, the district can recommend revocation of that teacher’s teaching license. Additionally, if the resignation is tied to criminal activity, it has to be reported to the N.C. State Board of Education.
As of July 11, his license is still active according to the North Carolina educator licensure verification website:
Current Date: 07/11/2021 10:39 AM
License Number: 1012835
Name: DAVIS, CHARLES EUGENE II
License Type: Educator
License Status: Current
Expiration Date: 06/30/2021
Effective Date: 07/01/2018
License Area(s): Art K-12
As of the publication of this article. Davis does not appear on the teacher license discipline records maintained by the N.C. State Board of Education.
Including Davis, this site has logged 16 public school educator or education employee arrests in 2021.