Meadville Tribune

February 20, 2014

Saegertown student to trial for allegedly assaulting teacher

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — A Saegertown teenager is scheduled to go to trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in June for allegedly assaulting a teacher at Meadville Area Senior High School last month.

Shawnee Marie Frost, 18, of 18513 Birch Drive, faces up to 12 years and three months in jail and fines of up to $30,300 if she is convicted on Meadville Police Department charges of one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

Police allege Frost struck a female teacher with a closed fist four to five times and kicked the woman approximately three times on Jan. 13 in a classroom at Meadville Area Senior High School. The teacher was injured but wasn’t hospitalized, according to Superintendent Charlie Heller of Crawford Central School District.

Frost was held for trial on all three counts following a preliminary hearing last week before Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm of Meadville.

The alleged assault victim is a life skills support teacher employed by Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 of Edinboro, Heller said. The life skills support class is held at Meadville for students from western and central Crawford County, Heller said.

The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 provides services to 17 school districts in Erie, Crawford and Warren counties. Services include early intervention/mental health services, financial services, school improvement services, special education services, and technology solutions and services, according to its website.

Life skills support students are ages 18 to 21 and gain real world experiences in the community as they learn the tasks and skills required of specific jobs, according to the Intermediate Unit 5 website. The life skills support teachers have set up with businesses in the region including Wal-Mart, Splash Lagoon, Brevilier Village, Crawford County Care Center, Dairy Queen, The Caring Place, Second Harvest Food Bank and Meadville Soup Kitchen, according to the Intermediate Unit 5 website.

Heller said he couldn’t comment on the matter further and referred a question about whether the student had been adjudicated to Intermediate Unit 5.

Tribune calls to Intermediate Unit 5 on Wednesday weren’t immediately returned.

Pending her trial, Frost remains free on non-monetary bond.