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Canfield student charged with delinquency

Published: Sat, April 24, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Elise Franco



A 16-year-old Canfield High School student was charged after police said he made inappropriate contact and sexual comments to another male classmate.

The accused, of Hickory Hollow Drive, was charged Thursday by Canfield police with delinquency by way of disorderly conduct and delinquency by way of menacing, both fourth-degree misdemeanors.

The accuser, 15, of Greenmont Drive, told police he arrived at history class Tuesday to find the accused resting his feet on the seat of his chair. He said that when he asked the accused to move his feet, he refused and said, “If you sit on my feet I will knock your teeth out,” according to a police report.

The accuser said he moved his desk forward and sat down, but the accused began rubbing his foot on the his backside, according to the report. The accused denied this action to police and said he put his foot only on the accuser’s back.

The accused then began making inappropriate comments, asking him to perform sexual acts on him, the report stated. Police took witness statements from at least six students who said they saw what was happening and heard many of the comments.

District Superintendent Dante Zambrini said the school district investigated the allegations and followed proper disciplinary procedures. Zambrini wouldn’t comment on the accused’s specific punishment.

“In cases of this type, we follow school procedure, and in this case, all of those guidelines were followed,” he said.

Zambrini said in a case such as this, the punishment could include detention, in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. He said he believes the building principal took the appropriate course of action.

“We investigate every allegation and research ... both sides of the story,” he said.


1joesmoe(48 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Its newsworthy because punks like that have been bullying other kids for way to long, causing emotional and physical scars on countless kids that never heal and in extreme cases suicide, and they need to be shown that that behavior will not be tolerated. Way to go Canfield!!!

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2havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

@ joesmoe I agree with you. Which makes me question why he's being charged with delinquency instead of assault, battery, and sexual imposition?

I'm sure he was charged with delinquency to keep this all in the juvenile system so there's no record of this when he turns 18.

This thug will have a long relationship with the law. Might as well get him used to it now instead of slapping him on the wrist.

Let him sit in a jail cell downtown for a while where he can meet some real tough guys. They would be more than happy to take him up on all of his sexual invitations.

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3EarthMother(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I have been confronted with this situation in another county school district. I went with the mother's child who was being bullied to speak to the Superintendent. Nothing was done to help the child who was being bullied sexually nor was the student who made the sexual remarks disciplined...why? He was a jock. The situation continues....mother needs to make a report with the police! Schools have policies which are never implemented.

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4justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

What I think is interesting about this article is this: this sort of thing happens on a daily basis in Youngstown Public Schools and in Boardman Schools and in Austintown Schools - if you don't believe me, just ask your children. What's interesting is that this was considered to be newsworthy because it happened in Canfield and the rest of us out here in the dregs of the Mahoning Valley all know that there are no problems in Canfield.

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5sue(176 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Stop the bullies! Way to go Canfield!

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6johnrice(2 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

While ther is no reason to doubt that the schools handled the situation, the paper does not tell us what the schools actually did.

In reality, the only reason this made the paper is becase someone made a police report and my guess is that it was not the school, but the victims parents that did.

I wonder what did the school actually did do. Unless there was or has been a pattern with this bully I bet they did no more than a 1 day out of school suspension. I would shoot for 3 days, what do you all think is a suitable punishment?

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7Reader(126 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

@ justonevoice :

It is not newsworthy because it happend in Canfield. It would hit the newspaper in every other community if parents and administration stood up to put a stop to it. Canfield is setting the standard and stepping up to protect children. If all the other communities follow suit instead of pushing it under the rug then all students would have a better experienc and maybe learn. I am glad this boy and his family stood up for what is right and didn't allow this bully to run his own agenda in that school system!

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8rjennings01(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Only reason Canfield school did anything is becaust the police department called in This hasing has gon on for years, teachers refust to do anything to the bullies. Are they too afraid??

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9dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Canfield police usually publish their reports in the Town Crier so this would have come out anyway once the parents filed a charge. They probably did that if they weren't satisfied with the punishment the school handed out. I don't know the facts of the case and I certainly wouldn't judge by what's in the Vindy, but bullying of any nature, sexual or not, is a serious offense and schools are required by law to have a policy on it.

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10justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

@ Reader

"Canfield is setting the standard and stepping up to protect children". Yeah, again, the rest of us out here in the dregs and ghettos of Youngstown, Boardman and Austintown really don't care too much about our kids. We're all just unemployed crackheads living on the government dime. Thank God we have the good citizens of Canfield to show us the way.

Apparently, you didn't get my point Reader. My point was this, the rest of us DO protect our children, we DO report incidents of harassment, we DO report indicents of bullying- unfortunately-IT doesn't make the paper. My point was, only because it was Canfield was it felt to be deemed newsworthy.

It's called sarcasm. Ever heard of it?

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

A couple of more years and this gay boy will be beyond the Juvenile Justice System . In the real world his actions will have some serious consequences . He is on the right path to perish in this world and for eternity .

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12mrsdocglb(9 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

If you walk into any school in Canfield, you will see a sign that says "Bullying is not in the Cards." Despite the claims of the superintendent, school administrators and some parents in Canfield, bullying is rife in Canfield. The policies of the school district that are supposed to stop this behavior are not uniformly or strictly enforced.

This article minimizes the severity of the incident. This incident occurred in the presence of two teachers; the regular classroom teacher and an intervention teacher. The room was filled with a classroom of students. This incident occurred in the immediate presence of three students who sat by while the victim was tortured by graphic, vulgar sexual comments and threats.

The victim did nothing to provoke this incident. He has been the victim of relentless and repeated bullying. He simply wanted to go to history class to learn. He was deprived of his right to learn in a safe, tolerant academic environment.

The student who committed the harassment was given 3 days of in-school suspension. He was allowed to roam the school freely in the mornings and was allowed to proceed through the school lunch line. He used this opportunity to further frighten and intimidate the victim.

The police charges were filed to stop the cycle of bullying and to send a message to the school and to Canfield students that abuse of the victim will not be tolerated.

There is no one single solution to bullying. It requires a continued, concerted effort by the home, school and the broader community. Parents must be held responsible for the actions of their children and the school must have policies that protect and respect the rights of all students to a safe, academic climate free of bullying. Tolerance, respect, and recognition of individual dignity and differences must be taught to everyone.

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