Janitor terminated after assaulting a student
December 16, 2009
STRUTHERS, OH — The Struthers City School District Board of Education recently voted unanimously to fire a Struthers High School janitor accused of assaulting a student, according to the Vindicator.
Jennifer Lucansky''s dismissal stems from a November 16 incident where she walked into a classroom, grabbed a 17-year-old girl by the back of the neck and told her: "Stop writing your name on the [expletive] white boards," the story stated.
According to a report, Lucansky, who has been with the Struthers City School District for 17 years, left the room and continued with her janitorial duties after the outburst.
Lucansky has had "a series of prior reprimands and unpaid suspensions for misconduct," but Struthers City School District Superintendent Robert Rostan said there were no episodes "of this type" with students before, the story noted.
Lucansky, who faces criminal charges of assault and menacing — both misdemeanors — and has a preliminary hearing in Struthers Municipal Court set for May 7, was on paid leave until her termination, the story added.
According to Ron Blatt, field representative for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Lucansky will file a grievance against the Struthers City School District.
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