By Kaylee Lindenmuth
BARNESVILLE - A Shenandoah Valley teacher is facing simple assault and terroristic threat charges after state troopers say he struck someone during an argument and threatened to kill them.
According to State Police at Frackville, Jason C. Gunoskey, 40, of Barnesville, Shenandoah Valley's lone business teacher, was engaged in a verbal argument with the 36-year-old female victim at a home on 83 Crest Street in the village around 6:00pm on Saturday, May 12.
The argument turned physical, and Gunoskey struck the victim in the face with a closed fist, and the victim left to stay with a relative in Morea.
Around 8:00am Sunday, May 13, troopers say Gunoskey called the victim, telling her he was coming to her location to kill her.
When Gunoskey arrived in Morea, the victim called the police, and upon the arrival of troopers, he was taken into custody.
Gunoskey faces two counts of simple assault, one count of terroristic threats and one count of harassment.
Shenandoah Valley officials could not confirm whether or not Gunoskey was suspended, but during the Wednesday, May 30 meeting of the Shenandoah Valley School Board, a professional staff member was suspended effective May 15 due to a criminal matter commenced against the unnamed staff member.
The unnamed staff member was suspended with pay for one day, May 15, and any further absence afterwards is without pay, subject to use of accumulated sick time, according to Superintendent Brian Waite.
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