Guilford Teacher Not Guilty

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Guilford High School teacher accused of shoving a student so hard he hit his head and suffered a concussion and a seizure has been found not guilty of all charges against him, including battery. Today a judge said his actions were necessary to keep other students and the school, safe.

After closing arguments, it only took the judge five minutes to decide Aaron Oetting was not guilty. The judge said the student was "out of control and on a rampage" and the teacher had no choice but to try to control the situation.

The incident was caught on tape. The teacher asked the boy to take off his hat and put his cell phone away and go to the office, but the student wouldn't listen. Prosecutors tried to prove the teacher was the aggressor, but the judge said the teacher did exactly what he was supposed to do, try to restrain the boy. The student's family is not happy.

"It doesn't look like my son is swinging at this man, or he's the aggressor in this situation. It look like this man just went out to attack my son. My son has never had a seizure in his life but ends up at the end of this video having a seizure so how can you prove him not guilty? He's guilty of something."

The teacher did lose his job because of the incident. His lawyer has asked that the Winnebago County State's Attorney, Joe Bruscato, actually apologize for prosecuting this case and help the teacher get his job back, but Bruscato says he stands by his decision to bring charges.
In regards to the seizure, the evidence showed the boy had never had a seizure before, but it's clear this judge didn't think the teacher caused the seizure in this case.


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