Statesville Teacher Charged With Putting Handicapped Student In Trash Can

STATESVILLE, NC — An elementary teacher with Iredell-Statesville Schools has been charged following allegations that she placed several students, including one that was handicapped, in a trash can on multiple occasions.

A therapist filed a report with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, September 12th, officials say, alleging Robin Johnson, 51, possibly assaulted a handicapped child at Cloverleaf Elementary in prior years.

The therapist had reportedly spoken to several children from Johnson’s class, and received multiple claims stating they were picked up and placed inside a trash can or recycle bin.

Investigators determined the alleged assaults took place between the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years while Johnson was assigned to the EC classroom at Cloverleaf. During that time, Johnson is accused of placing a handicapped student into a trash can on at least two occasions.

Iredell-Statesville Schools released the following information on Friday regarding Johnson and the investigation:

“Robin Johnson of Statesville has been charged by the Iredell County Sherriff’s Office with two counts of misdemeanor assault. Ms. Johnson has been employed with the Iredell-Statesville School District since 2008. She has served as a bus driver, receptionist, teacher assistant and teacher at NB Mills Elementary School, East Elementary School, and most recently at Cloverleaf Elementary School.

Having been advised by the Iredell County Sherriff’s Office, Robin Johnson was suspended with pay on October 17, 2019, pending an investigation.”

Johnson was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Assault on a Handicapped Person. Authorities say she does not appear to have any prior criminal history.