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Prosecutor refers case of student dragged by teacher to State Board of Education

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The prosecutor who investigated the case of a 7-year-old student with autism being dragged through a school hallway is defending his decision to not file felony charges, saying "not every wrong is a crime," according to our local affiliate WSYX.

Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall released a statement saying the incident is "clearly upsetting and troubling" but that he took the case to the grand jury, and it legally did not meet the elements required for a felony prosecution. Crall also said as county prosecutor, he only has the legal authority in most cases to file felony charges. Any misdemeanor charges would have to be filed by the Crestline Village Prosecutor.

The prosecutor's office has referred the case to the State Board of Education, and hopes they "will conduct an appropriate investigation and render, after that investigation, a proper disciplinary action."

The incident happened in May at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and was captured on surveillance cameras at the school.

The prosecutor's office said the inside cameras only captured a portion of the incident. According to the teacher's report for the school, she and the aide tried to stop"potentially dangerous conduct" on the playground, but it continued. Then when they tried to remove 7-year-old Corbin Kemle, the teacher was struck in the eye and physically refused to go to the office.

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