A Chatham County Public Schools Fourth Grade teacher is facing an assault charge stemming from an arrest last July.
Eric Marshal Hudson, age 45, was arrested by Chatham County Sheriff’s deputies on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property in July 2022.
Hudson’s next court date is Jan. 18. No bond information nor a booking photo was available.
According to a report by the Chatham News + Record, Hudson had threatened two sibling minors and their friends with a gun, and the incident involved Hudson chasing the car driven by the minors in his own vehicle, resulting in a rear-end accident. The siblings had been exploring a rural area near Siler City known to have a location called “Devil’s Church.”
Excerpt from Chatham News + Record:
A group visited the private property twice on Sunday, July 10, once in the morning and again in the afternoon around 1:30 p.m. In the morning, one said they saw a man “waving and yelling, but it was unclear what he said.”
When the five teens went back in the afternoon, the same man saw their car and began running toward them. Soon, they say they noticed the man was driving behind them in a silver Lexus SUV.
“He sped up, ran in front of us, and hit his brakes, and we ran into the back of him,” one of the siblings in the car said.
The group attempting to drive away, but the man in the Lexus passed them on the road, “and stopped very quickly,” the other of the siblings said.
“We didn’t have enough time to completely stop and rear-ended him,” the sibling said. “After that we got around him then he passed us again and stopped like before. This time he got out and ran at us and had what looked like a gun, and hit the [driver’s side] window with it. I immediately called 911. He was still chasing us then he stopped after we got close to the end of the road.”
As they drove off onto U.S. Hwy. 64, the man followed them for several more miles until they lost him around Pleasant Hill Church Road.
After an investigation, Hudson was arrested on July 30 by Chatham Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Mitchell and issued a written promise to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on August 15.
According to that same report, Hudson’s picture and bio were only removed from the school’s website last week.
“Once the district was made aware of this issue, the administration followed district policy in addressing it,” Chatham County Schools spokesperson Nancy Wykle told the News + Record.
The report does not say whether or not Hudson has been suspended, terminated, or if he has resigned. If he has resigned, it would be in violation of the 30-day notice required by state statute, and the district is required by law to report that resignation to the state board of education.
Hudson was teaching Fourth Grade at Pittsboro Elementary.
The incident blotter for the dates of July 25-21 on the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office website states only the bare minimum about the offense:
On July 30, Eric Marshal Hudson, 45, of 83 River Bend Road, Siler City, was arrested by Deputy Matthew Mitchell for assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property. He was issued a written promise to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on August 15.
The fact that this arrest happened half a year ago along with the blotter’s lack of detail in noting Hudson is an educator underscores the need for legislation requiring law enforcement to report such arrests both in their arrest records as well as reporting such incidents to state education authorities.
Records on file with the state show Hudson does have a North Carolina teaching license which was issued on Aug. 18, 2022, and expires on June 30, 2023. The area of licensing listed is “Permit to Teach.”
Hudson is the second Chatham County Public Schools teacher to be arrested in the last year.
Last year, Jasmine Shabrika Murphy was arrested on Sept. 2 and was charged with attempted sexual act with a student, cyberstalking, taking indecent liberties with a student, and extortion.