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Teacher suffers brain damage and partial blindness after students throw rock at her car from bridge

By Mason White 10:46 AM April 30, 2015
Sharon Budd 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A silly prank by 4 teenagers left their teacher with permanent disabilities.

Sharon Budd from Uniontown, Ohio, was badly injured by a stone that dropped from a highway overpass in Pennsylvania.

Four boys were arrested after they dropped a rock, which weighed almost five pounds.

The stone smashed the windshield of a vehicle on Interstate 80, about 60 miles north of Harrisburg. One of the boys was 18 years old and the other 3 were 17 years old.

Budd was heading to the city of New York, when the large rock, which was thrown from the overpass, crashed into her SUV and hit her in the face.

Her husband, Randy, was riding in the back seat and her daughter, Kaylee, was driving. They were not injured.

Budd, a language arts teacher in the Perry Local School District in Stark County, suffered massive injuries, which included the loss of her right eye and brain damage.

Investigators charged the four teenagers with assault.

Brett Lahr, 18, pleaded no contest, but was found guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

He decided to start his prison sentence immediately, although he will not be formally sentenced before 2 months.

The other three suspects who were 17 at the time, are still awaiting a judge’s decision if they should be tried in a juvenile court or as adults.

Budd wants the teens to be tried as adults.

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