Teacher gets deal in assault


Staff Writer

Friday, March 15, 2019

A former Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools teacher has entered into an agreement to avoid prosecution in a case in which she's accused of assaulting a middle-school student.

Jamie Dunn, 35, of Spring Hope, has been placed on unsupervised probation for six months and her case will be dismissed if she completes the following steps: 24 hours of community service, 90 days of supervised probation, an anger management course, and she is to stay away from the student and her family, according to court documents.

Dunn's accused of using a closed fist to hit a 15-year-old female student on the arm April 30 at Rocky Mount Middle School, according to Dunn's arrest warrant. The incident occurred in Dunn's classroom.

Dunn was hired in August 2006 and left the school district on May 24, 2018, before the end of the school year and roughly three weeks after the alleged assault. Dunn — who taught English and language arts in the school district for more than 11 years — couldn't be reached for comment.

The student's mother, Kisha Cutler, told the Telegram that she's pleased with the court's decision and with Dunn's dismissal.

“Glad we received justice for my daughter,” Cutler said. “Hopefully, the school system won't have teachers without training teaching students with special needs.”

Cutler previously said she doesn't know whether race played a part in the incident, but felt her daughter was discriminated against because of her developmental disability. Dunn is white, Cutler and her daughter are black.

Prior to the alleged assault, Dunn had called Cutler's daughter "fat" and slammed a door in her face, Cutler said.

Cutler said while she is disturbed by what happened to her daughter, she feels the situation could have been avoided if her daughter’s special needs had been addressed earlier. She said she told school officials her daughter needed special attention, but she was ignored.