Teacher resigns from Cumberland County Schools after rant caught on tape

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- The teacher behind the Cumberland County "teacher rant" that went viral has resigned.

Cumberland County School officials said Evelyn Spell will not return to the classroom in the fall and received "appropriate disciplinary action," but due to personnel laws specific details were unavailable.

ABC11 first broke the story in May when Leona Cain sent her son to school at Alderman Road Elementary with a secret recording device after noticing a dramatic change in his behavior.

In the recording, you can hear Spell yelling at students and, in some instances, using threats.

"It's relieving to know that she is not going to be there, and that he has a shot at a more productive school year without that type of behavior and without having to be afraid," said Cain.

This is not the first time a parent has complained about Spell. Several other parents have come forward since ABC11 first aired the story.

"This should've happened 10 years ago when the exact same behavior was reported," said Cain.

Cain has not allowed her son to return to class since the incident. She plans to send him back in the fall.

"It's going to be a long process trying to get him to trust teachers and the school and to build the trust and the bond back," she said.

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