RHS Student Who Allegedly Hit a Staff Member During an Altercation to be Issued a Summons, Police Said

The paraprofessionals union sent out a news release lobbying for charges.

Vernon police on Monday said they will issue a juvenile summons to a Rockville High School student who allegedly assaulted a staff member during an altercation last Thursday.

Lt. William Meier of the Vernon Police Department made the announcement during a news conference that also addressed some minor evidence detectives uncovered while searching the room rented by a Vernon man who police said killed himself and two others on Friday in Wyoming.

About two-and-a-half hours before the news conference, as Meier was still fielding calls from authorities in Wyoming, the paraprofessionals union released a statement indicating that RHS paraprofessional Ann Davis was pursuing charges against the student.

"Last Thursday, an 'All Call' went out over the intercom at Rockville High School asking staff to assist with an unruly student," the union said in a statement. "Paraeducator Ann Davis was close by and answered the call. As the student came out of the library with his paraeducator, the student swung at Ann and hit her twice."

Said Davis in the union-issued release, “I was startled. In my seven years as a paraeducator I’ve never been hit by a student … I love my job. I just want to be able to help my students without worrying about being assaulted.”

Meier said a school resource officer investigated the incident. The student will be referred to juvenile court. State law stipulates that the names of juveniles are exempt from public disclosure.

The union said, "Schools remain one of the safest environments for children. However, in far too many schools, a lack of respect for the authority of teachers and other school employees, as well as for the rights of other students, is undermining the ability of schools to provide students with a quality education."

Added Dot Tedeschi, president of the Vernon Federation of Paraeducators Local 4873,  “When I hear about incidents of this nature, I am concerned about the safety of all our students and our staff. We’re ready to work together with the school district to prevent future incidents like these from occurring.”

The Board of Education recently reviewed the first report by the administration on school incidents, and did so behind closed doors in executive session, citing the juveniles on the report.

Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said Thursday's incident was the second recently that involved an assault or injury to a staff member.

She sent a letter to staff members on Monday in response to the altercations. The letter is attached.

Vernon Mom December 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Any student who hits anyone, fellow student, teacher, staff, support staff, ANYONE, should have charges filed against them. It is against the law to hit someone, If i walk into a gas station and punch the cashier in the face, am I not breaking the law? Why are these kids not held to the same standard? The girl who hit the teacher a few weeks ago should also be facing charges. I will be curious to see if any comments from kids show up today, given the long string of comments in support of their principal this summer, I would hope they would have something to say about the safety of teachers and students.
Chris Dehnel December 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM
In response to the previous comment, let me repeat that the story is not identifying the student by name nor is it classifying the student in any way. State law prohibits such disclosure on the part of the school system and the police because the student involved is a juvenile.
Some guy December 05, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Anonymous: The student's mental capacity and/or age are issues for the police and prosecutors, as they sort out questions of criminal liability. You are correct in asserting that the standards are not the same for a person with diminished mental capacity. However, the school system has a duty to protect other students and staff from harm regardless of the aggressive student's status- these are two separate issues. School personnel cannot simply ignore dangerous and destructive behavior because the person committing it has special needs.
John Doe-smith December 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Mainstreaming cannot work in this case. Sorry for the child and his parents, but no "regular" child wants to be with somebody who cannot communcate and is a physical threat. This is not the first incident with this child, and Vernon's Board of Education and school leadership and the parents have an obligation to protect the other students and staff.
Anonymous December 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
It's a shame that teachers and other students have to deal with students like this. NO teacher should be hit by a student, and when this happens PROPER action should take place. Teachers want the best for their students, and strive to create a safe learning environment for their students. It is uncalled for when administration doesn't handle such students and teachers are left with students who hit or cause harm to other students, teachers, and staff members. Glad action was taken place in this case. Let's hope change continues to happen as NOBODY be in such an unsafe environment.


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