YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A picketer demonstrating in the Youngstown schools strike was hit by a car in front of Volney Rogers Elementary School on Wednesday.
It happened about 1:55 p.m.
The picketer is an art teacher. He was getting an ovation when the ambulance pulled out. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Police say they have identified the driver as an administrator with the schools. Police did not say if charges would be filed in the incident.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with our injured member, and we all hope for the best. We all stand together, especially now. The district has a motto that everyone who works here knows. It is: Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Safe. It is disgusting, especially in light of that motto, to see this kind of conduct,” said YEA spokesperson Jim Courim.
YEA plans to hold a vigil outside Volney Rogers Elementary School on Thursday at 3 p.m. in light of the incident.
Members of the Youngstown Education Associated began picketing Wednesday following a breakdown in negotiations.
The district has filed an illegal strike complaint with the State Employment Relations Board. The board has 72 hours to respond.