District suspends, reprimands teachers tied to prank

Three Belmont High School teachers have been suspended and a fourth teacher reprimanded for their involvement in an Oct. 3 incident in which students were driven off campus to participate in a homecoming prank.

Teacher Anna “Katy” Riddell was suspended for four days because of her level of involvement in the prank, Dayton Education Association President David Romick confirmed Friday.

Kathryn “Kate” Sanicky and Jason Geanuracos were suspended for two days each. Lawrence Jorosic received a letter of reprimand because he did not transport any students, Romick said.

The settlements were reached between the teachers, administration and teachers’ union on Tuesday, allowing the teachers to avoid separate administrative hearings.

District spokeswoman Jill Moberley said earlier the teachers had transported three students to Meadowdale High School as part of Spirit Week. She said students aren’t allowed in employees’ personal vehicles without advance permission.

On Friday, Romick said the Dayton Education Association plans to take it a step further by stressing teachers should not at any time be transporting students in their own vehicles.

“That’s a message we are going to echo from the union to the teachers so this doesn’t happen in any other circumstances,” he said.

An incident report provided by the school district said the students were transported about 6 p.m. to commit a homecoming prank, placing plastic forks in the lawn and paper cups on a fence. The report said a Belmont student was punched in the face by a Meadowdale student during the prank.

Romick said Tuesday that none of the teachers were present when the student was assaulted because they had already left the premises. Romick also said the student who was hit had driven his own vehicle to the school. Moberley said no disciplinary action was taken against students involved in the incident.

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