Teacher charged with assaulting 13-year-old pupil

Phys ed instructor at Mount Airy Middle surrenders to police

Suspended with pay

Carroll County

May 03, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A physical education teacher at Mount Airy Middle School was arrested and charged yesterday with assaulting a 13-year-old pupil, police said.

Gregory Samuel Corwell, 28, a first-year teacher who lives in Yoe, Pa., surrendered to state police in Westminster yesterday. He is accused of kicking and hitting a pupil March 26 at the school in the 100 block of Walkersville Road. He was charged with one count of second-degree assault and later released without bail by a Carroll County District Court commissioner, state police said.

The incident began when the boy, who was standing in line in a school hall, and a teacher exchanged words, according to Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore.

Witnesses told investigators that the teacher kneed the boy in the back and threw him toward the floor, but the youth stopped his fall. The teacher then hit the pupil on the arm about five times, police said.

The pupil, whom authorities would not identify because he is a juvenile, did not require medical attention, they said.

The investigation began April 2, when investigators from the county's Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) unit went to the school and began interviewing Corwell, the pupil, witnesses and staff.

Asked why the investigation took a month, Gilmore said, "I wanted some additional follow-up with the [pupil's] parents because of the nature of the charges."

Corwell was suspended with pay Wednesday after Carroll school system officials learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest, said interim Carroll County Schools Superintendent Charles I. Ecker.

Corwell previously had submitted a letter of resignation effective June 10, the last day of the school year for teachers, listing "personal reasons" for his departure, said Stephen Guthrie, county schools' human resources director.

The teacher also had written a note of apology to the pupil's family, according to police.

Sun staff writer Jennifer McMenamin contributed to this article.

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