Warren BOE member reports assault

WARREN – A member of the city school board said he’s sore but OK after being assaulted by an acquaintance at a funeral on Saturday.

Robert L. Faulkner, a longtime member of the Warren City School Board of Education, said on Monday that the assault “came out of nowhere” and that he did not expect it. He confirmed police reports that a man he knows assaulted him while they were both attending a funeral on Wick Street.

Faulkner said he was “struck without provocation over a misunderstanding.”

Faulkner, also a member of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center Board of Education, declined to disclose the other man’s name. Information provided by the Warren Police Department on Monday was sketchy and also did not provide the suspect’s name. Faulkner said he is considering pressing charges. However, he has not been able to meet with prosecutors because government offices were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Faulkner, 67, was treated at a local hospital and released. He said he has no broken bones, but his glasses were broken when the other man hit him in the face.

“I never expected this,” Faulkner said. “In all my years on the school board or in all the activities I’ve been involved with, I have never experienced something like this.

“It was an unexpected attack that required medical attention. Even so, I don’t want to make a big deal about it. I think I’m still in shock that it happened, and at a funeral of all things. I still can’t believe it.”