Assault on individual with disability charges filed at Albemarle High

Published 3:30 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2023

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One arrest has been made in an assault case involving a student and staff member of Albemarle High School.

According to Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Dennis, Stanly County Schools is investigating a student incident which took place Sept. 29.

An incident report from Albemarle Police Department states the incident was reported at 4:24 p.m. and took place at the school at 311 Park Ridge Road.

The name of the student was withheld, but others mentioned in the incident report included AHS Principal Beverly Pennington and Brittney Marie Moore.

The arrest report states Sydney Cheyenne Boykin of 436 Davis St., Albemarle, was arrested at her home at 10:39 p.m. Oct. 2. She was charged with one count of assault on an individual with a disability, a misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an initial trial date of Oct. 16.

“The school district is cooperating with law enforcement but cannot disclose details of individual student or employee matters due to federal and state confidentiality laws which apply to every public school in our state,” Dennis said in a statement. “Student safety in our schools is a top priority and any allegations of teacher misconduct in the classroom are taken seriously by Stanly County Schools. When there is a concern of possible teacher misconduct involving students, our process is to immediately notify and consult with School Resource Officers to determine how the matter should be handled and whether there is any current safety concerns related to all staff or students.

“The parents of any students directly involved are immediately notified. The school district also conducts its own investigation to determine the validity of allegations made against staff members prior to making any final decisions impacting students and employees.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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