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North Carolina elementary school teacher who ‘dragged a special needs student down hallway’ screams foul-mouthed abuse at journalists who turned up to her home

  • Teacher Lori Holland, 54, is accused of hitting and dragging the disabled child on January 30 at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina 
  • She was arrested at her home on Friday – and she’s currently out on bond 

A North Carolina school teacher, who allegedly dragged a special needs student down a hallway, screamed foul-mouthed abuse at journalists who showed up at her home.  

Lori Holland, 54, is accused of hitting and dragging the disabled child on January 30 at Carver Elementary School in Wendell. She screamed at reporters asking for her side of the story: ‘I didn’t do a f***ing thing!’ 

An arrest warrant from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said the child was under the age of 16. Holland is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assaulting an individual with a disability.

She was arrested at her home on Friday – and she’s currently out on bond. Holland is scheduled to be in court on March 18.

Lori Holland, 54, is accused of hitting and dragging the disabled child on January 30 at Carver Elementary School in Wendell

Lori Holland, 54, is accused of hitting and dragging the disabled child on January 30 at Carver Elementary School in Wendell

She screamed at journalists asking for her side of the story: 'I didn't do a f***ing thing!'

She screamed at journalists asking for her side of the story: ‘I didn’t do a f***ing thing!’

The school’s principal Wenitra Merritt said in a statement to parents: ‘The charged conduct is related to an incident that occurred on our campus with one of our students.

‘I want to assure you that we take the safety of our students and staff members very seriously. While privacy laws prevent me from providing much additional information about the situation, I can share that Ms. Holland is suspended.’

The teacher has denied any wrongdoing – and has said that she was actually trying to help the child back up after he fell to the ground. 

She told WRAL: ‘Even the teacher’s assistant that was walking behind me said I didn’t hurt him. I would never hit the child. 

Holland is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assaulting an individual with a disability

Holland is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assaulting an individual with a disability

The teacher has denied any wrongdoing - and has said that she was actually trying to help the child back up after he fell to the ground. Pictured: Carver Elementary School

The teacher has denied any wrongdoing – and has said that she was actually trying to help the child back up after he fell to the ground. Pictured: Carver Elementary School

‘That’s why I became a special ed teacher — to protect these children from teachers that actually abuse them.’

Holland said the male student was walking slow, so took his hand and started walking down the hall with her before throwing himself on the floor – which he is ‘known to do,’ she said.

She said she believes that a parent called the school and reported the incident.  

According to CBS 17 crews who went to interview her, Holland started screaming profanities to them after they went across the street. A stark difference in tone from her earlier interview with WRAL explaining her side of the incident. 

Standing on her porch, she screamed at the journalists: ‘I didn’t do a f***ing thing!’ 

When they ask if she would like to talk to them, she bellows: ‘No!’ 

Holland was hired by the school district in 2012 and is currently suspended with pay. 

In North Carolina, it is the school board who can fire a teacher.  

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