Ex-security guard to stand trial on charges he pushed child

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MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania school security guard will stand trial on charges he shoved a middle school student's head into a cafeteria table.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/22a55pm ) Shaun Thomas was held on charges of simple assault and summary harassment at a Munhall hearing on Wednesday.

Court records said the 28-year-old Mount Oliver man yelled in a student's face at Steel Valley Middle School on Nov. 2 and pushed the student's head when an administrator tried to separate the two. The boy was uninjured.

Police said Thomas told them the student swore, grabbed his pant leg and made faces at him after Thomas approached him.

Thomas' lawyer says that if he wanted to hurt the student, he could have easily done so. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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