Video released of Perry Township janitor allegedly cutting high school student’s brake lines

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio- Police say surveillance video shows a high school janitor cutting the brake lines on a student's car.

The video is from Perry High school in Stark County's Perry Township on April 24. Police said it shows 49-year-old David Patron, a janitor at Edison Middle School, pulling into the parking lot and cutting the brake lines on a car belonging to a 16-year-old high school student.

The teen told police that after leaving school, his brake light came on. He said he had to press the pedal hard in order to get the car to stop. No one was hurt.

Perry Township police said there was a personality class between the student and one of Patron's relatives.

Patron's attorney sent Fox 8 News a statement:

"The numerous complaints by the Patron family to Perry Local Schools of bullying, intimidation, and threats of physical harm by a certain student at Perry High School essentially fell on deaf ears. Mr. Patron's daughter, who has a defined learning disability, was presented with additional stress at school with threats which caused unnecessary anxiety and interfered with her education."

Patron, who is charged with criminal damaging and endangering, is suspended from work pending the outcome of the investigation.

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