BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A teacher’s aide at the center of controversy in the Boardman Local School District has resigned.
Mahoning County prosecutors announced Friday that “in lieu of pursuing any further legal action,” a teacher’s aide accused of stapling a note to a student’s hair must resign immediately.
Prosecutors said that while reviewing the case with the Boardman Police Department, they could not file criminal charges.
They said a review of the evidence showed an “egregious act” of stapling a note to the child’s hair, but that “no puncture wounds were present on the child’s neck, leaving the state without sufficient evidence” to support a criminal assault.
They confirmed there was “an abrasion on the (back) of the child’s neck, (but) evidence does not link that injury to the conduct of the teacher’s aide.”
They also could not prove that the aide meant to cause physical harm to the child.
The incident happened on Jan. 19 and involved a special needs student.
The boy’s mother, Sheli Myers, said earlier she was not satisfied with how Superintendent Tim Saxton handled the situation and that he downplayed the severity of the incident.
We tried contacting Myers’ lawyer and someone with the Boardman Local Schools but have not heard back yet.