A Cumberland County school teacher’s aide is accused of assaulting a disabled person

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC — Deputies arrested a Cumberland County school teacher’s aide Thursday morning for allegedly assaulting a disabled person.

Brittany Nicole McCoy is charged with assault on a disabled person.

Authorities transported McCoy to the Cumberland County Detention Center. She was released on $5,000 bail.

The sheriff’s office said McCoy was employed by Cumberland County Schools at the time of her arrest.

“We are deeply troubled by these allegations, which do not reflect the professionalism and integrity of the many good people who work hard every day on behalf of our students,” Cumberland County Schools Assistant Superintendent Lindsay Whitley wrote in a statement. “Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”

According to the district, on December 13, 2022, McCoy resigned from her position as a special case child care aide. The day before, the district governor dismissed her from her position with the retention of her salary. Here’s an overview of McCoy’s employment history with Cumberland County Schools:

  • September 2022 – December 2022: Outstanding Children’s Teacher Aide at Pine Forest Middle School
  • February 2022 – May 2022: Teacher’s Aide and Bus Driver at Howard Hall Elementary
  • February 2020 – December 2021: Teacher’s Aide and Bus Driver at Howard Hall Elementary

McCoy’s trial date is set for Feb. 2 at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Wheatley said the district conducts extensive background checks before hiring employees. In addition, Whitley said the county will continue to cooperate with the sheriff’s office in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 910-677-5477 or CrimeStoppers at 910-483-8477.

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A Cumberland County school teacher’s aide is accused of assaulting a disabled person

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