Sub turns self in

WARREN – A substitute gym teacher accused of assaulting a student at the Willard K-8 school earlier this week turned himself in to city police on Friday.

Warren police issued a warrant for the arrest of John E. Jerome, 63, 460 Dakota Ave., McDonald, on Thursday. He was arraigned Friday in Warren Municipal Court on a misdemeanour assault charge and he was given a $10,000 personal bond.

Jerome was booked into the Trumbull County Jail but released. He is due back in municipal court March 27 for a pretrial.

Police and school officials said Jerome, while substitute teaching at the Willard K-8 school, inappropriately ”spanked or paddled” an 8-year-old boy and that the boy suffered an apparent minor injury. A 7-year-old girl was also listed on a police report as a victim but her injuries are unknown.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar said Jerome was a day-by-day substitute, but not a permanent one for the district. He was dismissed and is not permitted to teach at any of the district’s buildings, Notar said.

Notar said the school principal had informed him of the Tuesday afternoon incident and he immediately asked Warren School Resource Officer Robert Trimble to investigate.

That resulted in the school district removing the teacher from its substitute list for the remainder of the year.

A Warren police incident report provided few details.

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.

He said he was not aware of any past problems with the teacher.

The boy’s mother, who contacted the Tribune Chronicle on Thursday and asked that her name not be published to protect him, said she is concerned that the incident traumatized her son.