Deputies: Principal assaulted student

July 1, 2009 2:51:45 PM PDT
Wake County deputies have charged the former principal of Carver Elementary School with assaulting a student.Allison Baker, 41, must appear in court to answer the misdemeanor accusation.

Wake County schools officials have declined to explain what happened, citing personnel policies.

But the child's mother - Terri Byrd - says Baker slapped her autistic daughter across the face.

"I wanted to slap her. I wanted to slap her," said Byrd. "Disability, or no disability, you are not in the school system to slap children."

Eight-year-old Kylie has a severe disability and can only say a few words. Her mom admits she can get physical at times, but says it's no excuse for abuse.

"When a hand goes across the face, that's a slap. That's not discipline to me," she said.

Baker resigned in June after she was suspended with pay for "negative interaction with a student." Wake County Schools says she had no prior complaints against her since she was hired in 2002.