Special prosecutor assigned to Shively case


The former Warrick County School Corporation substitute teacher accused of assaulting a student at Sharon Elementary will get a special prosecutor for the case.

Margaret Ann Shively, 61, of Evansville, was arrested at Sharon Elementary School after officers were called by the school's principal on Friday, March 23. Shively was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age after reports and surveillance video showed her grabbing a fourth grade student and leaving marks on the child.

Shively's first court appearance on Tuesday, March 27, resulted in Warrick County Judge Robert Aylsworth granting a motion to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren has agreed to the appointment.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case after the arrest, Shively said she grabbed the 10-year-old student as he was attempting to run away from her. Another teacher told police she was in the hallway when she saw Shively with a tight grip on the student's neck and arm before she walked with the student to the office.

The affidavit said the student told the teacher that Shively had also pulled and scratched him and called another student "a cry baby." Another student told police she saw Shively drag the student down the stairs and said believed Shively was mad at the student for telling the office about the substitutes behavior earlier in the day.

The student told officers he went to the office earlier in the day to tell them about Shively's behavior, and that she had been his substitute before. The probable cause affidavit states the student told officers he made Shively mad earlier in the day when he told her to stop being mean to a student in his class.

Shively will have another progress hearing in the case on Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m.

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