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MAMS student with special needs faces felony charge for kicking, punching aide

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/19/20

A 12-year-old Middletown boy is facing felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a paraprofessional during class at Middletown Area Middle School.

Lower Swatara Township police responded at 1:20 …

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MAMS student with special needs faces felony charge for kicking, punching aide

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A 12-year-old Middletown boy is facing felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a paraprofessional during class at Middletown Area Middle School.

Lower Swatara Township police responded at 1:20 p.m. Feb. 11.

According to Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo, the boy was being disruptive in class, and he kicked and punched the paraprofessional when the paraprofessional tried to calm him down.

Middletown Area School District Superintendent Lori Suski said the special-needs student was acting out in class when asked to do his work and became aggressive with the paraprofessional who was working with him.

Vargo said the paraprofessional was cut under the eye, but was not transported to the hospital.

The student faces aggravated assault charges. According to Vargo, the charges are a felony because a teacher is a protected class.

Suski said teachers are assaulted by students, but not often.

“It is not an everyday occurrence, but does happen occasionally when staff are working with students who exhibit physical aggression as part of their disability,” she said in an email.