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Former principal faces charge of assaulting student

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The former principal of Carver Elementary School in Wendell will have to appear in court to answer allegations she assaulted a student.

Allison Baker was served Thursday with a criminal summons of assaulting a child under 12, according to Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

Baker had resigned as principal on June 1 after having been suspended with pay May 22 for "negative interaction with a student," according to Michael Evans, a school system spokesman.

What makes this unusual is that any kind of criminal charge was filed.

Over the past decade, I've heard from more than a few parents who've claimed that a school employee assaulted their child. Authorities are typically reluctant to file charges in those cases.

In this case, the complainant was a fellow school system employee who is a senior administrator in the HR department.

We'll see if anything results from this misdemeanor charge.

Following Baker's resignation, Judy Dudley was appointed to be Carver's interim principal.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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