NC middle school teacher charged in fatal stabbing

Jason Stoogenke, WSOC - Police have charged a North Carolina middle school teacher with killing a man.

Dawn Kavanaugh taught sixth-grade social studies at Lakeshore Middle in Mooresville. Now, she's suspended with pay and charged with murder.

Police said she and Ronald Ketchum were having a domestic argument at a house on Red Arrow Place and that she stabbed him.  Ketchum died at the hospital.

A neighbor, Matt Niemiec, said, "He was laying in his driveway, partially on the ground, on the driveway.  There were four people standing around him.  He had blood all over his sweatshirt.  Kept saying that he was stabbed and call the police."

Niemic thought something was especially strange.  He said the four people standing there said Ketchum was drunk and no one seemed to be calling 911.  So he did.

"To be honest with you, I was confused because there's four people standing there looking at somebody on the ground clearly writhing in pain, just saying he was drunk, but didn't seem to be doing anything about it," he said.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh's school sent parents an email, saying her students have a substitute until school officials can find a long-term replacement and that the school has extra counselors on campus now.

Iredell-Statesville Schools spokesperson Dawn Creason said, "We were shocked. Quite honestly, just completely shocked."

Kavanaugh had been teaching in the district more than eight years.

The picture police gave WSOC of the victim, Ketchum, is a mug shot.  He had convictions for robbery, larceny, drug possession and DWI, all dating back to 1993.


For more information, visit WSOC.

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