Substitute teacher accused of assaulting 5-year-old boy at elementary school in Moncks Corner

VIDEO: Substitute teacher arrested on assault charge after incident at elementary school

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Police officers have arrested a substitute teacher who is accused of assaulting a 5-year-old boy at an elementary school in Moncks Corner.

The Moncks Corner Police Department charged 48-year-old Melody Durant with third-degree assault. She was given a bond of $1,082.50 Wednesday night.

Authorities say Durant’s arrest stems from an investigation at Foxbank Elementary School where Durant worked as a substitute teacher.

MCPD officials say the victim, a 5-year-old boy, suffered minor injuries in the incident.

An arrest warrant states Durant grabbed the victim’s left arm and forcefully pulled the victim to his feet. According to court records, Durant then pulled the victim by the left arm to a “neutral area and shook him.”

“The Defendant then picked the victim up and carried him from the room,” the affidavit states."The victim sustained injury to his left arm causing the victim to seek medical attention."

A police report states the investigation began on April 4 when the principal showed the investigating officer video footage that happened in the media center on the afternoon of April 3.

A report states that in the video, the victim got into a “small pushing match” with another student over seating at the library area.

According to the police report, Durant was seen grabbing the child from his seat.

“Durant continues yanking up on the child’s right arm and pulls him around, at one point pulling him far vertically that his feet nearly, if not completely, come off the floor,” the report states.

A nearby witness then came over to “calm the situation," and Durant and the victim were then separated.

The principal told police Durant was removed from the classroom as soon as the situation was brought to her attention.

The school said contact was made with Durant’s employer, Kelly Staffing Services, and that she would not be allowed back to the school.

The principal said she also spoke to the victim’s mother.

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