Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher to stand trial in assault case
A Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of choking, grabbing and pushing a 9-year-old boy in school has been ordered to stand trial.
Eric Vaughn Kircher, 38, a teacher at Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8 in Friendship, was suspended with pay after allegations were made against him in October.
He was initially charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and single counts of harassment and simple assault, but prosecutors withdrew one of the child endangerment charges during a preliminary hearing Friday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
The boy told investigators that Kircher grabbed and choked him before pushing him back into a line of students on Oct. 30. He said Kircher pushed two fingers deep into his back, hurting him.
A tutor at the school told investigators she saw Kircher grab a student by the arm, yank him down two steps and push him back into line.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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