Three Teachers Suspended, A School Employee Arrested

Windsor, NC -- Three Bertie County teachers have been suspended without pay and a Bertie County school employee arrested in two separate incidents.

In the first case, police have arrested an employee at an alternative school in Windsor. Authorities tell us 42-year-old Johnnie Cale was taken into custody Thursday, charged with assault by strangulation and misdemeanor child abuse. He's since been released on bond.

Cale is accused of trying to choke 15-year-old Travaris Dail at Uplift Academy. WITN did speak to Dail's mother who says her son passed out for two minutes, was hospitalized, and has bruises on his neck.

According to police, Cale no longer works at Uplift Academy. So far, we have been unable to get in touch with Uplift officials.

According to Uplift Academy's website, the school provides academic and therapeutic services to give students the skills they need to integrate back into their community school. The program, a part of the Bertie County School System, deals with students who have had behavioral problems in the past. Authorities tell us they have had to handle and deal with unruly students at the school before who have assaulted the staff.

In the second case involving Bertie County Schools, WITN was contacted by a parent who said his son was on a Bertie Middle School field trip, and a fight happened on the bus headed back to school. The parent says his son was put off the bus at a convenience store.

WITN confirmed three teachers from Bertie County Middle School were suspended without pay after telling the 15 year-old to get off the bus.

It happened Thursday afternoon in Bertie County.

15 year old Jerry Spivey Junior says he was left off Highway 17 near the shell gas station for nearly an hour until finally a teacher came and picked him.

The three teachers were suspended without pay Friday morning.

The Superintendent of Bertie Schools says this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

The 15 year old's father says the family may seek legal action and wants an apology from the school.

We are also told that the student was suspended for three days.


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  • by myrak Location: Fayetteville NC on Aug 30, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    There is NO excuse for leaving a child alone for any reason. At a minimum a call could have been made to police or CPS to get someone to watch the child. Teachers and their union have more excuses that politicians for not doing their jobs. NC ranks 24 out of 50 states in Education in USA. The USA ranks 18 out of 24 rich industrialized nations in education. In effect, a lot of teachers are being paid for poor performance. Under no circumstances do you ever leave a child alone anywhere, much less in a strange place with strangers.
  • by native Location: greenville on Jun 10, 2009 at 01:44 PM
    Well, I was born and raised in Bertie Co. I enjoy the beautiful country but some of the people I could do without. If you have never been, lived or had to go to school in that horrible system then please do not comment. The kids have no respect for authority. They do not show respect to whomever is raising them what makes you think they are going to show respect and act the way they should for teachers. It all starts at home and unfortunately lots of the kids in Bertie County do not get the proper training at home as such they have no clue how to act in public. Some of the teachers in Bertie County I am not quite sure how they got their certifications. So you can see what a cluster it is. Bertie is one of the largest counties in the State yet they have only one High School. Past School Board Members have takeen trips, build houses etc with the Schools money. So it is not only the students, parents, and teachers but the so called leaders are just as bad.
  • by FellowTeacher Location: Anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    I agree that the teachers should have not put the boy off the bus. He should have been isolated and restrained. The teachers must have been at their wits end. They cut our pay increase our class size and lower moral and still want more and more. A job is a job and I guess teachers will suck it up.
  • by Ms. Teacher Location: EC on May 22, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    As a teacher, I can definitely relate to these teachers. I probably would have put the child off the bus, too, but I would have contacted the school & his parents to let them know. Since they were on a field trip, I'm sure they were on a schedule. It would not have been fair for the other students to have to miss out due to the ignorant behavior of one or two. If this child is 15 in the eighth grade, trust me, he probably can't read and causes trouble often, in and out of school. Students these days do have more rights than teachers, and I'm sick of it...then Bev. Perdue has the nerve to decrease my pay. While I love teaching and touching the lives of future generations, I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth it. Too many of these kids are have little to no home training and come to school solely to socialize and eat a free lunch. I used to teach in Bertie and now am in another county and the kids are all the same (black, white, and Hispanic). Parents, I need you to do better!!
  • by IMPULSE Location: Martin County on May 5, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Mr.Cale hold your head up, that thug better be glad you didn't have a gun.
  • by I DO Location: AROUND THE WAY on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    I TOTALLY AGREE THAT TEACHERS ARE TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE WHILE THEY ARE IN THEIR CARE...BAD CHILDREN ARE NOT AS BAD AS SOME OF YOU BAD SO CALLED GROWN FOLK...MY QUESTION IS...ARE THERE CHILDREN IN THE HOME OF THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEE WHO CHOKED THE 15 YR OLD?....WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TEACHERS WHO LEFT A CHILD AT A STORE AND DRIVE OFF...I WOULD LOVE TO BE AT THESE CRAZY PEOPLE'S COURT TRAIL..(I PRAY THEY HAVE ONE.)
  • by Te Te Location: Windsor on Apr 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    I mean get real idk y yah dead beat folkz tryin to take up for these teachers... I mean im only in Bertie High School... I mean get real i mean you all know dhat dese teachers want rite for wat they did i mean get real all of you all... Whoever said give them a break heact naw i know i wouldnt give there Apple Snack Snack a break kuz dat was selfish of them... Whoever it was!!
  • by Sonny Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    Okay I have to comment on some of your posts. I am so tired of hearing bad kids and poor teachers. You people are crying for these teachers when first off the teachers at my child's school rather teach bad kids and harass the kids that are not causing any trouble. They are afraid of the bad kids and allow them to do anything they want. I go to school for my child and principal and asst. principal treat me like I am the dirt under their shoes. Now I do not know how Bertie schools are, but I know some children that have left my child's school and I have attended Bertie. So lets talk about all the schools in this situation. The problem is teachers(who do not want to teach the better kids and want to coddle as someone says the bad kids), the parent(which alot of them do not care how their children are treated at school and how their children are acting at school), and the school system period who with my child school takes up for the teachers even if the teachers are wrong and they can be.
  • by Give Me A Break Location: NC on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    They need to investigate a couple of teachers over at West Bertie. I know of two that has their classes on myspace without parent's consent. Isn't that a violation? Isn't that setting these kids up to be possible victims of a child molester or worse? Someone needs to look into it.
  • by Spelling Bee Location: Bertie on Apr 5, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    Ashleigh Dear,it look like & sound like you need to just go ahead & QUIT School! because sweetheart you're not learning a darn thing in there! Please Quit or Go & learn SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!
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