Teacher���s aide charged with assaulting student

Published 12:13 pm Saturday, November 17, 2018

Charges were filed on Friday against a teacher’s aide at Riverdale Elementary School, alleging that the individual reportedly assaulted a student on Monday.

Heather Dimick, 31, turned herself in to the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, and has since been released on the permitted warrant (for assault and battery) obtained that day, according to spokesman Lt. Camden Cobb.

He added that deputies had started an investigation after being made aware of the incident on Wednesday. The child did not have to be treated for any injuries, and the parents were notified.

Dimick’s first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Southampton General District Court.

Camden stated that Southampton Child Protective Services worked with deputies during the investigation, and the staff at Southampton County Public Schools was cooperative throughout the entire process.

Dr. Gwendolyn Shannon, superintendent of the Southampton County Public School system, also told The Tidewater News of the alleged incident. She added that a letter to parents had been sent.

“This is an isolated incident and all partied directly involved have been informed,” wrote Shannon, who added that the person has been placed on administrative leave. “The safety of our students and staff is my highest priority. I appreciate your support of our school division as we continue to be vigilant in ensuring a safe learning environment.”