A substitute teacher working in Pitt County Public Schools was arrested last week on a charge of assaulting a nine-year-old student.
Latisha Turner, age 31, was arrested on April 21 by Greenville Police and charged with misdemeanor assault on a minor under 12. She was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center. Turner posted a bond and was released.
Law enforcement officials did not profile a booking photo of Turner.
The warrant for Turner’s arrest indicated the victim was 9 years old, and that Turner assaulted the child by “grabbing and snatching victim’s arm” and “Dragging victim down the hallway.”
An initial statement was issued by Pitt County Schools Interim Public Information Officer Zachary Pomeroy:
“We can confirm that school staff, administrators, and law enforcement responded promptly and responsibly to an incident at Wahl-Coates School. The safety of our students is always our top priority and it is our expectation that staff and administrators respond to incidents of this nature in a prompt manner. Appropriate follow-through action will be taken.”
“ESS (K-12 Educational Staffing Services) partners with Pitt County Schools to provide substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 school year and both entities are working closely to resolve this incident,” Pomeroy said in an email response to our inquiry.
Per Pomeroy, ESS Human Resources has provided the following statement:
“ESS is aware of the allegations made against one of our employees. The safety and well-being of the students we serve remains our highest priority. We are cooperating with local law enforcement’s investigation and working with Pitt County Schools to appropriately address this matter.”
Pomeroy did not indicate whether or not Turner is still employed with the district.
There is no teaching license on file with the state for Turner.
The teacher license discipline page maintained by the N.C. State Board of Education has no disciplinary actions logged for 2022. The last actions taken that were logged in the discipline list are dated November of 2021.