Charges issued after teacher allegedly uses force

RIPLEY — An alleged incident of force being used by a teacher against a student has resulted in charges and the teacher being put on leave.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that it received a complaint on Nov. 3 around 4 p.m. Reportedly, Lisa Sabella, 35, of Westfield, a fourth-grade teacher at Ripley Central School utilized inappropriate physical contact while dealing with a juvenile child.

After a brief investigation, Sabella was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued an appearance ticket for Ripley Town Court on a later date.

Ripley Superintendent Lauren Ormsby released a statement on the incident to the OBSERVER Wednesday.

“The District has zero tolerance for any violation of the law or District policy regarding the use of physical force on students. We are grateful for the swift response by law enforcement after the District promptly reported the issue. The safety and security of our students is the District’s highest priority. The teacher in question has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation and action,” Ormsby stated.