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Windsor, NC — Three Bertie County teachers have been suspended without pay and a Bertie County school employee arrested in two separate incidents.

In the first case, police have arrested an employee at an alternative school in Windsor. Authorities tell us 42-year-old Johnnie Cale was taken into custody Thursday, charged with assault by strangulation and misdemeanor child abuse. He’s since been released on bond.

Cale is accused of trying to choke 15-year-old Travaris Dail at Uplift Academy. Dail’s mother was reported saying that her son passed out for two minutes, and was subsequently hospitalized, and has sustained injuries to his neck. The Police report indicates that Cale no longer works at Uplift Academy. So far, we have been unable to get in touch with Uplift officials.

If you go to Uplift Academy’s website, you will find that the school’s policy stipulates the school provides academic and therapeutic services to give students the skills they need to integrate back into their community school. The program, a part of the Bertie County School System, deals with students who have had behavioral problems in the past. Authorities tell us they have had to handle and deal with unruly students at the school before who have assaulted the staff.

There was an additional assault case involving Bertie County Schools this past week. According to authorities a parent has admitted that his son was on a Bertie Middle School field trip, and a fight happened on the bus headed back to school. The parent says his son was put off the bus at a convenience store.

Official sources confirm the three teachers from Bertie County Middle School were suspended without pay after telling the 15 year-old to get off the bus. It happened Thursday afternoon in Bertie County. Fifteen year old Jerry Spivey Junior says he was left off Highway 17 near the shell gas station for nearly an hour until finally a teacher came and picked him. The three teachers were suspended without pay Friday morning.

The Superintendent of Bertie Schools says this type of behavior will not be tolerated. The 15 year old’s father says the family may seek legal action and wants an apology from the school. We are also told that the student was suspended for three days.

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