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NEIU Aide Accused of Assaulting Student with Special Needs

DUNMORE, Pa. — A staff member at NEIU19 in Lackawanna County has been charged with assaulting a student with special needs. Investigators charged Sumer Pl...

DUNMORE, Pa. -- A staff member at NEIU19 in Lackawanna County has been charged with assaulting a student with special needs.

Investigators charged Sumer Ploskonka of Peckville in March with assault after they say she pushed the 13-year-old student at the NEIU facility in Dunmore back in February.

Court papers indicate Ploskonka took a student outside to a bus and was locked out of the building. The student inside laughed and eventually opened the door. Police say she then shoved the student and he fell into a desk and chair.

The NEIU indicated that Ploskonka is a one-on-one paraprofessional for one student, but not the student who was pushed.

The NEIU provides educational and social services for students, teachers, and administrators in Lackawanna County's public school districts.