Teacher Charged With Assault After Allegedly Scratching Student


UPDATED: Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:32 PM

A teacher is charged with assault after allegedly scratching a student.

Heidi Lovensheimer, 46, is charged with assault after a student reported that he was scratched by her two weeks ago.

About a dozen people showed up at the Adena Local Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night with the intent of asking about the status of a first grade teacher accused of assaulting a student.

That's when the open meeting was taken behind closed doors.

It was nearly two weeks ago that 7-year-old Brayden Baker told 10TV about the day he says his teacher grabbed him by the face.

"She came up to me, she grabbed it and squeezed it, she put her nose up to my face and said, you better pay attention," he said.

His family showed 10TV a photo of visible scratches on the boy’s face and neck they said were a result of his teacher’s actions.
    
That same day, Adena Elementary's Principal told 10TV that the teacher had been removed from the classroom pending the outcome of an investigation.

But parents say after two days, she was brought back, and Tuesday night they came before the school board with questions.

"She was brought back to school, so the investigation must have been completed. What were their findings?" asked parent Rachel Allen, "At least address it with the parents. We all know about it. We want answers."

When Brayden's grandmother stood to speak, Board President Michelle Bowdle told her the discussion would have to move behind closed doors.

"Because you want to talk about a complaint against an employee, we cannot do that during a regular board meeting. We can only do that during executive session," said Bowdle.

The board only allowed one person at a time, leaving others waiting and frustrated.

"We asked them if we could go in as a family. They wouldn't let us do that," said Brayden’s mother Ashley Baker.

The boy’s grandmother Tawnya Dalehite said she wanted to discuss the matter in a public meeting.

“I feel that it should be public. I mean, why hide the fact...they need to know. They need to be aware of this, what's going on in their school."

Superintendent Dave Warne said the move was on the advice of lawyers.

He refused to answer questions from 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre, except to acknowledge the teacher had been brought back, but would not be in class for at least the next three days.

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