Lincoln parent accused of punching driver’s ed teacher


Pictured above: Justin Kyle Ray – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – A Lincoln County parent has been charged with assaulting a driver’s education teacher at West Lincoln High School on February 9, 2019.

The victim told deputies that he had just started taking attendance for the driver’s education class when a parent, Justin Kyle Ray, 36, of Tony’s Way, Lincolnton, NC, came to the door of the classroom and started beating on it because the instructor would not allow the student to enter after 8:00 a.m. The victim told the parent he was not allowed to let anyone enter the class after 8:00 a.m. according to school policy.

Ray became irate and struck the teacher in the head several times with a closed fist. The victim had facial injuries and his glasses were broken. The instructor was treated at the scene by Lincoln County EMS. Following the assault Ray left the scene in a pickup truck. Mr. Ray was charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a school employee, communicating threats, injury to personal property, and disorderly conduct at a school.

Ray was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

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