Green student strikes teacher

March 25, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A disturbing report was filed by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office Friday. According to the report, Vicki Shoemaker, a teacher at Green Local Schools, was struck by a student. According to the report, Shoemaker was teaching her class when a 16-year-old girl became disruptive after being asked to do an assignment.

The report said the student began yelling so loud that a teacher in the next room heard her and came to investigate. The student was told she was to be taken to the office. She reportedly refused at first, then went into the hallway, continuing to yell.

The report said when Shoemaker told her she was going to call her mother, the student began swinging her hands toward the teacher and struck the teacher with her open hand.

The superintendent was contacted and so was the student’s mother. The student was sent home, and Scioto County Juvenile Court was contacted. A Juvenile official advised that the student be processed, a report sent to Juvenile Court, and the student be released to her parents.

The girl was taken to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, fingerprinted and returned to her residence.

In November, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics quietly released a report —“Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010”— indicating that 145,100 public school teachers had been physically attacked by students at their schools in the course of a single school year and that another 276,700 public school teachers had been threatened with injury by a student in that school year.

The numbers were drawn from the Department of Education’s most recent “School and Staffing Survey” conducted after the 2007-2008 school year.

The Daily Times does not name juveniles accused of crimes.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.