Shaver healing after assault

Incoming Tupelo Public Schools Superintendent Randy Shaver is recovering after being assaulted this week in Whiteville, N.C.
Shaver, who currently serves as superintendent of the Whiteville, N.C., City Schools, suffered deep cuts, a severe concussion and a black eye after being hit Tuesday night with a can of Red Bull at a CVS pharmacy in Whiteville.
Whiteville Police have filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Elgin Collier, 34, of Whiteville, who had been banned from the Central Middle School campus because of a series of outbursts and threats over his son’s playing time in February.
“As I walked back up the aisle to exit the store, I saw him coming towards me. I said ‘Hello, how are you?’ and that’s the last thing I remember,” Shaver wrote in an e-mail as he worked from his Whiteville home.
Shaver said that since Collier had been banned from the campus, “we heard nothing more from him until the attack in the drug store.”
Shaver will be in Tupelo next week as part of the transition work with retiring Superintendent Randy McCoy. But on his doctor’s advice, Shaver will not make a planned trip with other regional superintendents to a Texas high school as part of the work on the Toyota Education Endowment.
“This absolutely will not delay my transition to Tupelo,” Shaver said, who will formally take over July 1. “I still plan to be there permanently by the second week in June.”
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