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Deputies seek man in attack on North Carolina teacher

December 7, 2017

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have obtained warrants for the arrest of a man charged with attacking a teacher at an elementary school in what authorities said was a random act of violence.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said in a news release that the warrants charge 34-year-old Michael Lee Nivens with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Peterkin said the man entered West Hoke Elementary School near Raeford about 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The man entered through a door left unlocked for parents who pick up children from an after-school care program. The sheriff said the man asked about a former school employee and then hit the teacher in the head, face and hands with a metal object.

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

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