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Wheeling Park High School Teacher Charged With Hitting Student

WHEELING — A teacher at Wheeling Park High School is being accused of striking a student in the shoulder and neck area during class in September.

Mary E. Railing, 58, of Valley Grove, was arraigned Wednesday on one misdemeanor charge of battery after Ohio County sheriff’s deputies said she hit the boy with a closed fist during a “momentary loss of temper.”

Investigators said the boy was working on a group activity with four or five other students Sept. 23 when some sort of horseplay began. Railing came over to the group and hit the boy on the back of his shoulder or neck “harder than it should have been,” she allegedly told police.

The boy told investigators that the blow “stung” and he had pain from the incident. The other students told administrators that Railing hit the boy with a closed fist.

Railing attempted to apologize to the boy multiple times, according to court documents.

She “self-reported” the incident to Assistant Principal Jack Doyle, telling him “that she hit a student and didn’t know why.” Doyle informed the student’s parent, who then spoke to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office about the incident Oct. 9.

That was the same day the Ohio County Board of Education voted to suspend Railing for five days, although school officials declined to say at the time why they took such action.

“Following the executive session, the board unanimously voted to suspend Wheeling Park High School teacher Mary Railing for five school days,” Ohio County Superintendent Kim Miller said in a written statement after the meeting. “As this is a personnel matter, school official can comment no further on the matter.”

Miller did not return a phone call Friday seeking comment on the charge or whether Railing still remains a teacher at the school.

Investigators filed the charge Nov. 1 and Magistrate Charlie Murphy arraigned Railing this week. She is free on $500 bond. It was not known whether Railing had hired an attorney to represent her.

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