Warren school investigates report of student assaulted by staff

A Warren parent alleges that a STEAM Academy staff member assaulted her daughter in school.
A Warren parent alleges that a STEAM Academy staff member assaulted her daughter in school.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren parent says her 11-year-old student was assaulted Thursday by a school staff member, and she has asked the police to get involved.

“When I pulled in my driveway yesterday from picking up my son, the principal and vice principal were sitting on the porch with my daughter,” said Jill Sweet, who said she believed that her 11-year-old daughter got in trouble at school.

But then, she said, she was told a very different story.

“I was told she was basically… assaulted,” she said.

Her daughter, Sophia, is a fifth grade student at STEAM Academy of Warren, a public charter school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Sweet told WKBN that a school staff member slammed her daughter at school for not taking off a headband, hurting her daughter’s neck and head.

“I took her directly to the hospital yesterday,” she said. “My daughter has never sustained a head injuries before. She had a goose egg on the back of her head.”

Jon Natko, head of the school, declined to comment on the incident, citing a pending investigation.

The staff member allegedly involved in the assault has not been formally charged. Natko said that employee was not working on Friday.

“Rest assured, everything I’m doing is just to make sure that we ensure the safety of all of our students,” Natko said, when asked if if the employee’s absence was due to the alleged assault.

Sweet said she will do what it takes to get justice for her daughter, but she is not sure if her daughter will ever step foot inside of the school again.

“My trust was lost for sending my daughter to school, unfortunately,” she said.

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