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School employee charged with assaulting, threatening 9-year-old student

Levi Bazemore (Facebook)

WINDSOR, Bertie County - A Bertie County charter school official has been arrested and charged with assaulting a 9-year-old student, in a story we brought you earlier this month.

Levi Bazemore, the bus coordinator for the Windsor-based Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy, was arrested on Tuesday by Windsor Police and charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12 and misdemeanor communicating threats.

The Bertie County Sheriff's Office tells NewsChannel 12's Adaure Achumba that Bazemore made his $1,000 bond and was not booked into the Bertie County Jail as a result. His first appearance in Bertie County Superior Court is set for July 5.

The charges stem from an altercation on May 12 between Bazemore and a 9-year-old student. That student's mother told NewsChannel 12 Bazemore allegedly manhandled her son, slapped him across the face and threatened to break his neck if he told his parents about the incident.

The school's director, Kashi Hall, who is Bazemore's daughter, told NewsChannel 12 the school's investigation of the incident found something different occurred.

"He does not recall any activity with the child's face," Hall said.

She also claimed an assault charge against her father from a separate incident in 2013 had been dismissed, though court records show a suspended sentence for that offense.

"He was having a difficult time restraining him and he believes that (was) the only thing that could have been perceived as a slap but he does not recall any activity with the child's face," Hall said. "He was having a difficult time restraining him and he believes that (was) the only thing that could have been perceived as a slap but he does not recall any activity with the child's face," Hall said. "He was having a difficult time restraining him and he believes that (was) the only thing that could have been perceived as a slap but he does not recall any activity with the child's face," Hall said.
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