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Buffalo teaching assistant charged in stabbing of boyfriend

A 35-year-old Buffalo teaching assistant was charged earlier this week with stabbing her 21-year-old boyfriend and is also under investigation by the School District as a result of the incident, authorities said Friday.

Shawna L. Turner, who works at the Math, Science & Technology Preparatory School on the 600 block of East Delavan Avenue, allegedly took a pair of scissors and stabbed Robert Sanders in the back at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in a home they share on the first block of Bickford Avenue.

In an unusual twist, Turner called 911 to report she had stabbed Sanders and that he had left their home following the attack. In responding to the call, Ferry-Fillmore District police officers located Sanders on the 400 block of Humboldt Parkway and obtained a statement from him.

“The complainant stated that ... the defendant tried to punch him and he deflected it, causing the defendant to hit herself in the mouth, causing bleeding. The defendant did then grab scissors and stab the complainant as he tried to flee,” according to the police report.

A Rural-Metro Ambulance crew transported Sanders to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated for the stab wounds and later released.

The incident is being reviewed by the school district, according to a school official who explained that acts of violence by district employees are not tolerated and this case, if verified, could be grounds for dismissal.

Teaching assistants are required to have a state certificate and that certification could also come under scrutiny, the official added.

Turner was charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury and criminal possession of a weapon. She has been released without bail and is scheduled to return to Buffalo City Court at 9:30 a.m. Monday for a felony hearing in front of Judge Amy C. Martoche.

Officers Melanie Neureuther and Aaron Borczynski were the arresting officers.