Garfield Heights school district security guard allegedly punched elementary student with learning disabilities, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – A Garfield Heights School District security guard allegedly struck an elementary student with a learning disability at William Foster Elementary School, according to the Garfield Heights Police Department.

The incident took place on April 28 at 9:37 a.m. after a teacher’s aide brought the student, who does not speak, to the security guard’s office for a “time out,” according to the police report.

It was then that school administrators observed CCTV footage of the officer who allegedly punched the student in the arm, according to the police report, which noted that no other injury had not been reported.

Principal Jill Frimel contacted both the student’s mother and the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DCFS) and informed them of the security guard’s conduct, according to the report.

Officers took the report on April 29, officials confirmed.

The security officer placed on administrative leave is at home pending the outcome of the investigation, the City of Garfield Heights Schools said in an official comment.

“Upon learning of this disturbing allegation, Schools in the City of Garfield Heights took immediate action to contact the families of those involved and furlough the employee,” the district said. “The safety and security of students and staff at the City of Garfield Heights schools is of the utmost importance and our district will tolerate nothing less than full compliance in upholding this priority.”

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as new details are released.

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