On Wednesday Fayetville authorities charged J.W. Coon Elementary School teacher, Jackie Bennett, with breaking a student’s arm. During questioning he told investigators he was attempting a therapeutic hold on the 5-year-old girl when the injury occurred. (A therapeutic hold is a way of physically restraining someone for a limited time to calm them and prevent them from hurting themselves or others)
The restraint is allowed under state law, and Cumberland County Schools spokeswoman Theresa Perry said all teachers of special-needs students, including Bennett, are trained to use the holds as a last resort.
Bennett was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was released on a $25,000 bond.!!!!