Woman says she was assaulted in a Bladen County School

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Bladen County student is back in the classroom after a bizarre incident that left him suspended for two weeks.

Authorities say 41-year-old Carletta Leach assaulted a student earlier this month.

Video taken by a cell phone April 7, shows an uproar inside an Elizabethtown Middle School classroom.  In the footage you can see Leach, who has a daughter in the special needs class, yelling at students.

The incident happened in a separate building behind the school, so no other teachers or students could hear what was going on. The cell phone video is the only clue of what led up to the attack.

15-year-old Maleke King took the video before Leach came after him.

"She called me a **** and she pushed me, and I pushed her," said King.  "Then she swung and we started fighting."

"The principal called me and told me my son was into a confrontation and that I needed to come to the school house right away," said mother Tasha Smith.

Smith said she waited in the school office for almost three hours before administrators told her what happened.

Her son was immediately suspended for 10 days for fighting.

Leach was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.  Her previous charges in Bladen County range from assault with a deadly weapon to child abuse.

Leach says her injuries prove she was brutally attacked, not the other way around.  She said she was visiting her daughter's classroom and reprimanding a student for bullying her child.

That's when she said she got in a verbal argument with 15-year-old Maleke King that turned violent.

Smith said Leach is an estranged relative who's caused a disturbance in the classroom before.  She wants to know why Leach wasn't banned from campus at the first sign of trouble.

Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Dinkins called the incident "a disciplinary issue with a student that has been resolved."  He said they are taking steps necessary to make sure everyone is safe at school.

Those steps include banning Leach from the campus and moving the special needs class into the main building in hopes that a similar incident won't happen again.

Leach is scheduled to appear in court next month, and says she is transferring her daughter to another school because she's scared of King.

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