School sub is accused in assault of boy

WARREN – Police issued a warrant for the arrest of an individual they said assaulted a student at one of the city school buildings earlier this week while working as a substitute gym teacher.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar said the teacher was dismissed after an investigation into the Tuesday incident. Police and school officials did not release the individual’s name.

Police said they went to the Willard K-8 building about 1:30 p.m. after receiving a report that there had been an assault at the school. They said the warrant was issued on Thursday.

A Warren police incident report provided few details, but indicated that an 8-year-old boy had suffered an apparent minor injury during an assault at the school Tuesday afternoon. A 7-year-old girl is also named on the police report with unknown injuries.

Notar said it’s his understanding the two students were arguing or fighting, and the substitute attempted to break it up. He said the teacher ended up inappropriately hitting or spanking the boy.

Notar said the teacher was never a permanent substitute but worked for the school district on a day-to-day basis.

Notar said the school principal informed him of the incident and he immediately asked Warren School Officer Robert Trimble to investigate. That resulted in the school district removing the teacher from its substitute list for the remainder of the year.

“The individual is no longer permitted to sub in any of our buildings,” Notar said.

Notar said he is not aware of any past problems with the teacher.

The boy’s mother, who contacted a Tribune Chronicle on Thursday, said she is worried the incident traumatized her son. She asked that her name not be published to protect him.

“I’m just beside myself that something like this could happen to him at school. It was very inappropriate for someone, a teacher, to do something like this,” she said.