Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says Jackie Bennett faces assault and child abuse charges.
The 57-year-old teaches students with disabilities at J.W. Coon Elementary School in Fayetteville.
Bennett told police he was trying to apply a therapeutic hold meant to stop a child from injuring themselves or others.
Cumberland County schools spokeswoman Theresa Perry says Bennett has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
Bennett is free on a $25,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in Cumberland County court on Thursday. It could not be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.
September 16, 2010