Report says aide “roughed up” special needs student

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former classroom aide for the Austintown School District is facing charges after she allegedly “roughed up” a student with Down Syndrome.

The mother of the 15-year-old student told police she was alerted April 9 by transportation coordinator Colleen Murphy-Penk that her son had been “roughed up” and to speak to the bus driver when her son was dropped off.

The bus driver and another aide on the bus told the mother they witnessed classroom aide Lisa Schriner, 49, yell at the victim and shove him against a brick wall at Austintown Fitch High School as he was waiting to board the bus.

The bus driver then yelled at the aide saying, “No, don’t, let me try!”

The aide continued to yell at the victim and grabbed him by the jaw to forced him to lift his head when the victim “head-butted” the aide, according to the report.

The mother said her son was visibly shaken and crying when he got off the bus.

Schriner was charged with assault and endangering of a special needs student. A pre-trial is scheduled for June 23.

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