A Columbus County teaching assistant was suspended without pay Friday after being charged with assaulting a student earlier this week, Superintendent Alan Faulk said.
The district originally placed Melisa Blackwell, 51, on paid suspension Wednesday after being notified about the incident by Tabor City Police Department.
Capt. Russell Conway said Blackwell put her hands around a 12-year-old student's neck Tuesday morning after asking the girl to stop talking.
The incident caused minor bruising, Conway said.
Blackwell turned herself in Wednesday on a charge of simple assault.
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