Cumberland County school employees arrested for assault

— Two Cumberland County Public School system employees were arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor child abuse stemming from three incidents involving students, authorities said.

Danny Mandell Pettigrew, of 516 Glen Canyon Drive, and Terry Van Drake, of 844 Hilton Drive, work at Pauline Jones Middle School. The charges stem from incidents that took place on Nov. 10, 2015, according to authorities.

Pettigrew, a teacher at the school, was charged for grabbing a minor, a student in his class, by the neck and chest and throwing the child against a wall, according to authorities.

Drake, the safe school coordinator, was charged with three counts of child abuse. According to authorities, on Oct. 28,, Drake grabbed a minor by the wrist and forcefully pulled the student form a desk. Authorities said Drake forced the student to the floor and placed his knee on the minor’s back.

Later the same day, authorities said Drake grabbed a minor by the wrist and forced him to the ground. Drake struggled with the child until he forced the child’s hands behind his back, then picked up the minor and forced him into a desk.

A third incident occurred Oct. 30, when authorities said Drake grabbed a minor by the wrist and forced him out of the desk and onto the ground. He then struggled with the child and placed him back in a desk.

Both men were placed in the Cumberland County Jail under an unsecured bond. They are scheduled to make their first court appearances Wednesday.

,Two Cumberland County Public School system employees were arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor child abuse stemming from three incidents involving students, authorities said.

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