Man Arrested in Vicious Attack, Beating of Elementary School Teacher

Authorities have arrested a man charged with attacking and beating an elementary school teacher on Dec. 6.

Michael Lee Nivens, 34, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the attack after school at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford that left a teacher hospitalized.

CBS News reports sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina call the assault on the unnamed teacher a “random act of violence” as he “did not know the teacher.”

Police had released photo and surveillance video of the suspect, obtained by CBS affiliate WNCN, offering a cash reward as they searched for Nivens.

Nivens, who entered the elementary school through a door left unlocked for parents to pick up their children from an after-school care program, hit the teacher in the head, face and hands with a metal object. He had been asking about a former employee at the school.

The teacher was taken to the hospital and is recovering.

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Authorities will not disclose to the media who Nivens was looking for. The attacker, who is now in jail, is also wanted on a number of charges unrelated to the attack, including first-degree rape and larcenies at churches.

Deputies are currently stationed at the school and staff is ensuring that the doors locked.