DA says high schooler who slapped teacher twice in face will be tried as an adult

According to Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill, the student in question — 17-year-old Aquavious Hickman — stated he would kill the female Parkland High School teacher, WRAL-TV reported.

What’s the background?


“The f***’s wrong with you?” the student asks the teacher after the physical attack. “What you gonna do, still sit in that chair ’cause you a bitch … ain’t nobody even coming, you got slapped, bitch go back to teaching …”

Here’s the video (Content warning: Language and racial slur, uttered by the student):

One day after the attack, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said it “charged a juvenile with Assault on a Government Official and Communicating Threats.” Specifically, authorities said Juvenile Justice “issued a Secure Custody Order for one (1) count of Communicating Threats … and two (2) counts Misdemeanor Assault …”

At that time, when asked if he would try the student as an adult, O’Neill noted to WGHP-TV that he cannot bring the case to superior court because the charges are only misdemeanors.

However, WRAL noted in its Monday morning report that a grand jury returned the “true bills of indictment” last week against the juvenile for second-degree kidnapping of a teacher by unlawfully confining and restraining her without her consent for the purpose of terrorizing her. Second-degree kidnapping is a felony under state law.


In addition, the juvenile was indicted for second-degree kidnapping of a teacher in a separate incident, WRAL reported, adding that on Feb. 1 he unlawfully confined and restrained a male teacher without consent to terrorize him. The juvenile also was charged with misdemeanor riots in connection with the Feb. 1 incident, during which O’Neill said he didn’t act alone, WGHP said in a separate story.

WXII-TV video report said Hickman was out on bond; a WGHP video report added that he’s scheduled to appear in court May 28.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Tricia McManus told WGHP soon after the slaps caught on video that a district hearing would determine consequences for the student — and McManus said she would recommend expulsion.

Additional allegation

Also last month, a former Parkland substitute teacher told WGHP in another story that the student who slapped the teacher twice in the face physically attacked him last year.

Larry Edwards — who has about 40 years of teaching experience and taught at the high school for about 13 years before retiring and becoming a substitute teacher there — told WGHP the student pushed him in the head.


Edwards noted to WGHP that the student was disruptive prior to the physical attack: “I walked up to the desk to get my phone to call the office, and he mockingly walked behind me, and I happened to turn around and see him, and the students started laughing. The next thing I know, he had taken his hand and smushed my head, and everybody started laughing, and he ran out.”

Edwards told the station he reported the alleged assault that day, writing an affidavit and presenting it to high school administrators: “The principal was very apologetic. … About a month later, I got this letter from downtown, the juvenile office … I anxiously awaited a day for the court so I could see him in the courtroom because I just wanted to face him.”


A district spokesperson told the station regarding Edwards’ claims that federal law mandates that student discipline records are private and cannot be shared, and the district cannot comment.

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