Substitute Teacher in Tennessee Accused of Stapling Students

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Alisha Cook, 43, of Elizabethton, TN is accused of stapling three students.

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS) — Police say a substitute teacher is behind bars after allegations surfaced that she stapled three students at an elementary school in Eastern Tennessee, reports CBS affiliate WJHL.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday at Central Elementary School in Carter County.

Alisha Cook, 43, of Elizabethton, is accused of stapling three students. She was charged Tuesday with three counts of simple assault.

“The principal called to tell me that my daughter wasn’t in trouble, but she had been stapled by a teacher,” Brandy Gobble, the mother of one of the alleged victims, told the station.

Gobble said a school nurse removed staples from the students’ arms.

Gobble’s daughter Elizabeth told the station that Cook bragged to sixth grade science students about stapling high school students.

“They said, ‘I don’t believe you,’ and then she said, ‘Do you want to see?'” Elizabeth said. “I guess they said yes, and then she got the staple and stapled their arm.”

Central Elementary is a kindergarten through 8th grade school.

Carter County Director of Schools Kevin Ward told the station he could not comment on the case because it’s an open investigation.

Police say Cook was booked into the Carter County Jail and placed under a $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court May 13.


  • Red

    Well now… lets not rush to judgement. Were these kids coming apart in some way where the staples might be helping them keep it together? I certainly hope she tapped the kids on the desk first to line everything up first before she stapled them

    • Linda Danford

      Normally I would not address such ignorance!!! BUT this concerns
      CHILDREN, I can only pray that you don’t have any kids and if you do
      I pray that your sick an disturbing reply to this serious matter is seen
      by the right authority’s,and they check the wellbeing of your children….


  • Cila

    To the lady commenting about lining it up it wasn’t used to patch or repair clothes it was being used as a form of punishment. The only question I have is why is it simple assault when it’s against such extreme minors. That should be considered felony abuse or felony assault since she is in a position of power.

  • stephanie

    She needs more than assault charges!! Child abuse charges also!! If it was my child she would of had a good ole *** whipping before she was arrested!! js

  • Linda Danford

    This is just one of the verry reasons I’am all for home schooling.
    She gets away with a slap on the hand? I can truly say I will be able to protect my children from monsters like this one.
    Where do they find these so called teacher’s??

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