Police: Teen Bullied; Substitute Teacher, Students Charged
PARMA, Ohio– A substitute teacher and five students at Parma Senior High School were charged after an alleged case of bullying in gym class on Feb. 28.
Police said the victim was a 14-year-old developmentally-disabled student who was hit in the face with a volleyball numerous times.
According to the police report, the boy dropped to the ground, then got up; he was then kicked in the groin.
The report said the boy was lying on the ground when the substitute teacher, Greg Mellinger, 49, walked over to him, noticed the abuse, then reportedly walked away, continuing his lesson.
Police said the incident didn’t end there; other boys are accused of taunting him while he was on the ground and performing obscene gestures near his head, then dragging him halfway across the gym floor.
The 14-year-old did not suffer serious physical injuries.
Mellinger was cited for endangering children. Two teens face assault charges; while three other students are charged with disorderly conduct.
Parma Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Graham released the following statement:
“There was an incident in a Physical Education class being conducted by a substitute teacher at one of our schools. The substitute was not a district employee and the private company that provides substitutes for the District was immediately notified to ensure that the individual cannot return to the Parma City School District.
Upon learning of the incident, school officials immediately notified the Parma Police Department and fully cooperated with their investigation. After the investigation, the Parma Police Department has indicated that it arrested five juveniles and one adult (who is not a District employee).
In addition to any potential legal consequences from the Police Department, the District is conducting its own school investigation and will take any necessary steps consistent with district policy. This type of conduct is unacceptable and our district remains committed to ensuring that all of our students are provided a safe learning environment. We will continue cooperating with the proper authorities in this matter.”
Police said there is video of the incident, but the school will not release it during an open investigation.