ELIZABETHTON — A substitute teacher with the Carter County School System has been dismissed and is facing criminal charges after she allegedly stapled three children at Central Elementary School on Monday.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said Alysha Lynn Cook, 43, was arrested at 4 p.m. Tuesday on three counts of simple assault after his department's investigation. Cook was booked into the Carter County Jail on $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on May 13.
Assistant Director of Schools Peggy Campbell investigated the allegation and praised Central Elementary School Principal Terry Morley for the way he took charge of the investigation. Campbell said in separate interviews with each of the three sixth- graders, each told the same story that they had voluntarily asked that the teacher staple them on their arm.
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