Tecumseh teacher, Huber councilman placed on leave following altercation with student

Ed Lyons is a teacher at Tecumseh Middle School and a Huber Heights councilmember.
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Ed Lyons is a teacher at Tecumseh Middle School and a Huber Heights councilmember.

A Tecumseh Middle School teacher, also a Huber Heights councilman, was placed on paid administrative leave following an altercation with a 13-year-old student during class, new details reveal.

Ed Lyons, who began working with Tecumseh Local Schools in 1995, was placed on leave on Nov. 5 after an “extended physical altercation” with a student that was captured on video by another student, according to his personnel file obtained by the News-Sun.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office was called to Tecumseh Local Schools that day after a school district employee reported an assault, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. No injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s office said no charges will be filed and the case has been closed following and investigation.

Dennis Lieberman, a Dayton-based attorney representing Lyons, said Lyons was “attacked in the classroom by a student,” and “appropriately defended himself.”

“Mr. Lyons looks forward to returning to the classroom soon,” Lieberman said.

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Lieberman told the News-Sun that a Monday pre-disciplinary hearing for Lyons was continued to Friday.

Tecumseh Local School District superintendent Paula Crew did not return a request for comment about the hearing.

Crew last week said the district is investigating the incident. Lyons is on paid administrative leave, which is typical when there are reports of an incident with a minor in the classroom, she said.

All staff, personnel and students who were involved with or have knowledge of the situation will be interviewed as a part of the district’s investigation, Crew said.

Lyons serves on Huber Heights council, representing Ward 6. Huber Heights Mayor Jeff Gore said that Lyons has not been asked to leave his council role, as the incident was not related to city matters.

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