FAYETTEVILLE--A Cumberland County elementary school teacher is charged with breaking a five-year-old student's arm.
Cumberland County sheriff's detectives took Jackie Bennett, 57, of Fayetteville, into custody on Wednesday for assault inflicting serious bodily injury and child abuse inflicting serious injury. The girl, 5-year-old Tacara Gunn, is a student at JW Coon Elementary School.
Bennett is a teacher for behaviorally and emotionally disabled students and claims he was attempting a therapeutic hold when the five-year-old's arm broke. The girl's mother said she couldn't believe what happened.
"There's no doubt about the fact that sometimes they have to restrain children,” said Tarsha Gunn. “But, there shouldn't be a restraint that results in a broken arm."
Tacara was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where doctors confirmed her upper right arm was broken and the injury looked suspicious.
Gunn said even though her daughter can be a handful there's no excuse for injuring a child.
"A therapeutic hold would be for me to take a child at least like this or you know if the child was acting out to at least restrain them," said Gunn.
School spokeswoman Dr. Theresa Perry said that Bennett has worked for the school system since 1995 and became a teacher 12 years ago.