Deputies arrest man in beating of North Carolina teacher

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Nivens was arrested in neighboring Robeson County, but the sheriff did not give additional details.

The after-school program was in another part of the building and no children were in the room where the attack occurred.

Officials in a North Carolina school system say a teacher is recovering after she was beaten at school.

Capt. John Kivett said Thursday that the man and the teacher did not know each other.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Wednesday night that warrants have been obtained charging 34-year-old Michael Lee Nivens with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery in the case. Nevins then started beating her in the head with an object, according to authorities. Peterkin said Nivens was also wanted for unrelated sexual assault and church thefts. The statement did not indicate if Nivens had a lawyer.

Authorities said a man walked into West Hoke Elementary School, at 6050 Turnpike Road, shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday through a side door that was left unlocked for parents picking up their children from an afterschool program.

He's charged with attempted first degree murder and robbery with a unsafe weapon.

Extra officers are monitoring the school, Peterkin said.

Peterkin said a cash reward is being offered for information leading to Niven's arrest.

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