China Grove Elem. teacher prompted lockdown

Rebecca Wilson Daniel


by Staff

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 8:52 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- China Grove Elementary School went on a lockdown Thursday following an incident involving a first-grade teacher at the school.

NBC Charlotte's Tony Burbeck reports that Rebecca Wilson Daniel, 51, has been charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12. 

According to authorities on the scene, Daniel grabbed an 8-year-old by the arm and poked him in chest while scolding the boy.

Daniel was not arrested, but rather served and given a written notice to appear in court.

The campus went on lockdown around 9 a.m.

School officials tell NBC Charlotte that three locations were under a yellow, precautionary lockdown: China Grove Elementary, and two administrative locations, one in Spencer and one in Salisbury.

The yellow, precautionary lockdown meant there will be no outside activities, and students are not allowed outside of the building. Only parents with proper ID can check their children out of school and escort them from the building.

The school, along with both administrative locations, remained on the yellow lockdown for the remainder of the day.

The teacher has been suspended with pay. She has taught at the school for 17 years and been employed with the district for 26 years.

Daniel is due in court July 8.