Deputies: Lincoln County Man Charged With Assaulting Driver’s Ed Teacher

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A Lincoln County parent is facing charges after deputies say he assaulted a driver’s education teacher at West Lincoln High School on Saturday.

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office say the teacher was taking attendance for the driver’s education class when a parent, 36-year-old Justin Kyle Ray, started beating on the classroom door.

The teacher would not allow the parent’s student to enter after 8 a.m. and told him he was not allowed to let anyone enter the class after that time as it is school policy.

Ray became angry and struck the teacher in the head several times with a closed fist.

Ray Justin Kyle

The teacher suffered facial injuries and had broken glasses. Lincoln County EMS treated the teacher on scene.

Following the assault, Ray left the scene in a pickup truck.

He was charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a school employee, communicating threats, injury to personal property and disorderly conduct at a school.

Ray was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.