Sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Sealey said Yvonne Galbreath, a physical education teacher, is charged with grabbing a male student's arm while he was participating in a game at school. The assault caused bruising to the student's arm, said Sealey, head of the Sheriff's Office's Juvenile Division. The student's name was not released because of his age.
The incident happened on Sept. 17. It was reported two days later. Galbreath, 51, of Red Springs, was served with a warrant on Tuesday and charged with assault on a child under 12. This is the second time in three months that Galbreath has been charged with a crime at a school. She was charged with stealing two computers from Fairmont High School, her former school, in July.
Sealey said the school system notified the Juvenile Division about the assault after the student and his parent met with school officials.
"According to the student and his classmates, they were in a circle playing a game and he stepped out of the circle," Sealey said. "That is when she grabbed his arm and snatched him and told him not to get out of the circle. He had some bruising to the upper right arm."
Detective Sue Lutz was the investigating officer. Galbreath was jailed and released on a $400 bond. A court date has been set for Wednesday in Robeson County District Court.
Schools spokesman Al Kahn said Galbreath has been suspended indefinitely with pay. Kahn declined to comment further about the assault charge, calling it a personnel matter.
Kahn said that Galbreath was a physical education teacher at Fairmont High during the 2001-02 school year. She was transferred to Union Chapel Elementary this year. She has worked for the school system since March of 1989.
Galbreath was charged with breaking into her old classroom at Fairmont High over the summer. Sealey said that she was charged on July 18 with breaking and entering and larceny after she allegedly stole two computers valued at$1,000 each. He said that officers recovered the computers from Galbreath's home. The break-in occurred on July 11, according to an arrest report.
The larceny case has been turned over to Robeson County Superior Court.