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Teacher's assistant accused of hitting handicapped student with spoon speaks out

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SHELBY, NC (WBTV) -

A teacher's assistant at a Cleveland County school for handicap children has been arrested after police say she assaulted a student with a wooden spoon.

According to the Shelby Police Department, the assault took place at North Shelby School on March 26.

After an investigation, 41-year-old Aleksandra Hoyle, a teacher's assistant, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on a handicapped child on Wednesday.

Police told WBTV that school staff members saw Hoyle hit an eleven-year-old male student with a wooden spoon in an attempt to discipline him.

Staff told the principal who then notified the district's central office. The district contacted police.

Hoyle spoke to WBTV's Coleen Harry Wednesday. She says that she threatened the student, but never hit him. She said the incident happened after the class returned from a field trip.

"I was taking the kids to the classroom. He was attacking the kids. He was attacking me. So my main point was get them to the classroom," she said.

"Yeah I got frustrated," Hoyle said, "I grabbed the spoon and I threatened him but I never touched him and I'm going to fight over this."

Hoyle resigned from her position the Tuesday after the incident in March because, she told WBTV, she knew it was wrong to threaten to spank the boy. 

Officials told WBTV Hoyle was with the district for a year.

Hoyle turned herself in to police on Wednesday and went before a magistrate. Her bond was set at $10,000.

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