Former Assistant Principal Faces Charges for Alleged Assault on Student: WNY News Now Investigation Reveals Disturbing Details

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(WNY News Now) – Cassadaga, NY – A shocking incident involving alleged child endangerment at E2CCB School in Cassadaga has led to charges against Buffalo man Ian Lewis, the former assistant principal. WNY News Now’s investigation uncovered unsettling details as the victim’s mother, Sara Klepfer, accuses Lewis of physically assaulting her 15-year-old son on January 3, 2024. The incident, captured on video, reveals Lewis lifting the student above his head and slamming him to the ground. Klepfer claims the school failed to promptly respond and ignored her calls until the next day. E2CCB allowed Lewis to resign on January 4, 2024. Viewer discretion is advised due to the violent nature of the footage.

On January 31, 2024, WNY News Now reported on charges filed against Ian Lewis, a Buffalo man and former assistant principal at E2CCB School in Cassadaga. The charges stem from an incident on January 3, 2024, where Lewis allegedly physically assaulted a 15-year-old student. The victim’s mother, Sara Klepfer, revealed disturbing details, asserting that Lewis lifted her son off the ground and slammed him during school hours. Despite immediate calls for medical attention, the school allegedly failed to respond until the next day. E2CCB allowed Lewis to resign on January 4, 2024.

WNY News Now reached out to E2CCB for and received the following statement:

“One of our former employees has been charged regarding an incident at one of our schools. As educators, we have no greater obligation to our students than to create a safe environment for each of them. We do not tolerate harassment of any form.

Immediately upon becoming aware of this incident, the employee involved was placed on administrative leave, an investigation by outside counsel began, and the individual’s employment ended within a matter of days. We have reported this incident through the appropriate channels, and we continue to cooperate with law enforcement regarding the investigation.

E2CCB will also review this incident and our policies and procedures to determine what we may do to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.

Because this matter is now part of a criminal court proceeding, E2CCB will not comment further on it.”

WNY News Now will provide updates as they become available.

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