Teacher Charged After Incident At Minetto School

OSWEGO – State Police have charged Sean M. Fitzgerald, 31, of Baldwinsville, with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment in the 2nd Degree.

Sean M. Fitzgerald
Sean M. Fitzgerald

On May 3, at approximately noon, State Police responded to Minetto Elementary School for a report of an incident involving a second grade student.

Fitzgerald was subsequently arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor, and Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a violation.

According to State Police, he allegedly dragged the student to the principal’s office and threw him over a counter.

The student wasn’t hurt, police said.

He was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Minetto Court on May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

In a statement, Dr. Dean Goewey, superintendent, said: “There was a physical altercation on Tuesday, May 3rd at the Minetto Elementary school in the Oswego City School District involving a teacher and a student. The school administration immediately contacted the New York State Troopers who are investigating the matter. I understand that charges have been brought against the teacher. I am deeply concerned over the incident. The district was in contact with the parents of the student yesterday and have communicated with the Minetto School community. The teacher has been placed on leave pending further investigation and action by the district.”