Teacher struck by administrator at Volney Rogers Elementary School during YEA strike
Police and EMS crews are currently on scene after a pedestrian was struck amid an ongoing YEA strike.
According to the YPD Captain's Office, police are on the scene responding to someone who was hit by a car.
Police on scene tell 21 News that the person who was struck is a teacher on strike and the person who struck the teacher is believed to be an administrator with the district.
Police say the teacher's injuries are non-life-threatening and tell us they will be investigating that matter. At this time, they have not taken any statements or drawn any conclusions at this time.
Senator Michael Rulli told 21 News after the incident Wednesday that he is on the side of the teachers, stating that he feels Youngstown City School District is not negotiating in good faith.
Rulli said the incident involving an administrator and a striking teacher is disappointing and concerning.
Rulli said that he hoped that the Mahoning County Prosecutor's office will look closely into the case.
The teacher was transported to a local hospital and was admitted, but no additional information is available at this time.
The YEA union released a statement following the incident that reads in part:
"YEA members assembled peacefully today to picket district sites around the city. During afternoon picketing, witnesses reported that a school district administrator struck a YEA member with his car while entering Volney Rogers Elementary School. The YEA member was taken by ambulance to an area hospital to receive treatment. Multiple Youngstown City police officers were also summoned to the scene.
Of the incident, YEA spokesperson Jim Courim says, “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.”