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Substitute teacher allegedly spanks kids

Associated Press • Mar 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown reported a 63-year-old McDonald, Ohio, man is accused of spanking an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl during a gym class on Tuesday.

John E. Jerome pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge and was released on his own recognizance.

Warren schools said he has been certified to work as a substitute teacher since the 2010-’11 school year, but he will not be called again.

The school district said spanking or hitting by a school employee isn’t allowed.

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