Youngstown police say Life Skills teacher got into fist fight with student

Mark Vrooman was charged with assault

Mark Vrooman, a teacher at Life Skills in Youngstown, is charged with assault.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A teacher at the Life Skills alternative school in Youngstown was arrested Monday after a fight with a student.

Teacher Mark Vrooman was arrested at the school on assault charges and appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court on Tuesday morning.

According to a police report, Vrooman took a laptop computer away from a student. When the student approached Vrooman and asked for the computer back, Vrooman hit him in the face with it, the report said.

Vrooman and the student started to fight and Vrooman struck the student several times, causing cuts to his face, the report stated.

Police said they talked with other students in the room at the time and they all gave the same account of the chain of events.

The student refused treatment at the scene but was taken to the hospital by family.

Life Skills is an alternative high school for students who have fallen behind in a traditional school setting or are faced with barriers, according to the school’s website.

Administrators at the school hung up on WKBN when asked for a comment about the case. Vrooman also stormed out of the courtroom Tuesday, saying, “No comment,” after pleading not guilty to the assault charge.

Life Skills is an alternative high school for students who have fallen behind in a traditional school setting or are faced with barriers, according to the school’s website.