Bloom Waives Charges in School Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville wrestling standout accused in a school assault waived all charges to court Wednesday at his preliminary hearing at the Clearfield County Jail.

Shae John Bloom, 18, of Curwensville has been charged with four counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of harassment. His bail was modified from $10,000 unsecured to $25,000 unsecured at the hearing.

The charges against Bloom stem from an incident Jan. 27 during which he allegedly assaulted another male student at the Curwensville Area High School.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on the date in question, Chief David Johnston of the Curwensville Borough police was dispatched to a report about an assault at the school.

Johnston observed surveillance footage and school staff identified Bloom walking in the hallway towards the wrestling room. As he approached its entrance, the victim was exiting the wrestling room.

Bloom proceeded to allegedly grab the victim and throw him towards the wall near the building exit, knocking him down. While the victim went to exit the building, Bloom continued to engage in physical contact.

Both students were then outside, where there aren’t any security cameras. The victim told school officials that Bloom continued to strike him repeatedly and kicked him.

The victim was able to get away from Bloom. He walked around the rear area of the building and re-entered the school through the doors at the student parking area.

He went into the locker room to weigh himself. Bloom then came in and shut the door. He proceeded to grab the victim and throw him off the scale. He also hit and kicked him, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses entered the locker room and attempted to pull Bloom off the victim. One witness stood between them, but Bloom was still able to strike the victim about his body a few more times.

Bloom then allegedly grabbed the victim by his throat, but the witness stopped him. Another witness entered the locker room when Bloom allegedly threw the victim over a bench; the victim’s head hit the lockers.

Bloom walked out of the locker room but returned striking the paper towel dispenser. A witness checked on the victim but then went after Bloom to try to calm him down.

On Jan. 28 Johnston went to the school and met with the victim and his mother. He also met with the school principal and Bloom.

The victim stated that during the incident, he was in fear of being hurt. If not for the other students being in the team room, he stated that Bloom would have severely hurt him.

After wrestling practice the day after the incident, the victim was at his vehicle and going to leave when Bloom approached him. The victim told Bloom he didn’t want to talk to him.

Bloom told the victim that he needed to “show him some respect,” and the victim replied that he hadn’t been shown any the day before. Bloom then allegedly stated to the victim that “you’re OK for now, but I’ll get you.”

Bloom reported to the school principal Jan. 28 that he and the victim had engaged in an argument in the wrestling room, and it had resulted in them pushing each other.

Bloom continued on, stating that they had gone outside but then continued to argue in the team room. “Everything eventually cooled down,” he told the principal.

In the affidavit, Johnston stated that Bloom had lied while relating his version of the incident to the principal based upon surveillance showing him assault the victim.


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