Fayetteville teaching assistant assaulted student with autism, deputies say

Kristopher Quinton Lee McCray (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Cumberland County teaching assistant was arrested after the Sheriff’s Office said he flipped a student’s desk, causing the child’s head to hit the wall and floor.

UPDATE: Ex-teaching asst. charged with assaulting Cumberland Co. student has criminal background

Kristopher Quinton Lee McCray, 30, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person and contributing to a juvenile being neglected, the Sheriff’s Office said.


The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report on Feb. 17 of a student with autism being assaulted at Ashley Elementary School.

An investigation found security video of McCray flipping the student’s desk, resulting in the student’s head hitting the wall and floor.

Cumberland County Schools said McCray was suspended with pay on Feb. 20. He resigned the next day.

He is being held under $1,000 secured bond.

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