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Columbus Co. teacher assistant arrested, suspended for involvement in middle school fight

Joseph Thompson (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office) Joseph Thompson (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A teacher assistant at a Columbus County middle school has been suspended after being arrested for his involvement in a fight on school property.

According to Major Bobby Worley with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Joseph Thompson, a teacher assistant at Nakina Middle School, overheard a 14-year-old white student call a 15-year-old black student a racial slur.

Thompson then overheard another student bet the black student that he wouldn't punch the white student. Worley said Thompson also bet $10 that the black student wouldn't do it.

According to Worley, the black student did punch the white student. The incident occurred in a hallway on school property.

The black student was arrested and charged with assault. Thompson was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Kelly Jones, spokesperson for Columbus County Schools, Thompson has been placed on unpaid suspension.

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