Incident with son, 14, at hoops game gets Wake elementary teacher arrested, suspended

Jimmy Mallory
Jimmy Mallory CCBI

The Wake County school system has suspended a second-grade teacher with pay because he was charged last week with misdemeanor child abuse for what police said was slapping the back of his 14-year-old son’s head at a basketball game.

Jimmy Mallory, who is 48 and teaches at Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh, was arrested about 9 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Flaherty Community Center on North White Street.

The charge said he slapped his son, who is 14, in the back of the head. There was no report that the boy was injured.

Mallory’s son had been playing in a basketball game at the center, officials said.

Because last week’s snowstorm closed the Wake County Public School System on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Mallory was officially suspended Monday, when offices and schools reopened, according to spokeswoman Lisa Luten.

Mallory was hired by the Wake system in August 2010.

He was freed from jail after posting $1,500 bail and is scheduled for a Feb. 27 court appearance.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT