Arbitrator says fired teacher must be reinstated

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A formerly-fired teacher at START High School will be reinstated after an arbitrator found Toledo Public Schools lacked evidence in firing him.

TPS spokesperson Patty Mazur says arbitrator Daniel Zeiser ruled that the teacher, Kenneth Crosley, should have his termination overturned.

Crosley was accused of placing a student in a chokehold, twisting her fingers and pushing her out of his classroom with a baseball bat.

The incident took place in October of 2018, with the school district firing Crosley that December.

The arbitrator found that Crosley did not use a chokehold on the student while restraining her, and was encouraged to have items in the classroom for defense against active shooters.