IREDELL COUNTY – The public school system is notorious for having so many HR protections for teachers that it’s exceedingly difficult to discipline, remove, or fire a teacher even when they’ve exhibited clearly unacceptable behavior that would result in immediate termination in any other professional environment. Unfortunately, another glaring example of this problem is going on in Iredell County where a teacher that was arrested for putting handicapped students in trash bins wasn’t fired, but suspended WITH PAY.
Robin Lorraine Johnson, a teacher at Cloverleaf Elementary School, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The assault didn’t happen just once either, there are counts for both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
“[…] Investigators say multiple children told a therapist that Johnson, a teacher assigned to the EC classroom at Cloverleaf Elementary School, picked them up and put them in a trash can or recycling bin during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
“The evidence gathered indicates on at least two occasions, Johnson placed a handicapped student into a trashcan,” the official release states.
Johnson has been employed with the district since 2008, officials said. She has served as a bus driver, receptionist, teacher’s assistant and teacher at NB Mills Elementary School, East Elementary School and Cloverleaf Elementary. […]”
Legally presuming innocence is of course the right thing to do, but it’s hard to imagine parents being comfortable with her in the classroom after these allegations. Read more about case here.