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A Marion woman employed as a teacher's assistant was charged after allegedly striking a handicapped student, authorities said Monday.

Lt. Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Anjanette Rebekah Myers, 44, address listed as U.S. 70 West in Marion, with assault on an individual with a disability.

Myers, who, at the time of the incident, was a teacher’s assistant at West Marion Elementary School in the Exceptional Children’s department, is accused of striking a 9-year-old student on the side of the head on Feb. 7.

Officials with McDowell County Schools learned of the incident and notified the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. Myers was subsequently charged on Feb. 21.

According to a press release from McDowell County Schools, Myers, who began her employment in July 2015 under a $2,393.56 per month (10 month position) salary, was previously suspended from her duties at West Marion Elementary School on Feb. 12 pending further investigation of the alleged incident. Upon completion of the investigation and notification of charges, her employment with McDowell County Schools was terminated.

Myers received a written promise to appear in court, scheduled for March 18.

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