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Activist pushed by Ohio State student calls criminal charge unnecessary

Activist pushed by Ohio State student calls criminal charge unnecessary
Posted at 2:14 PM, Nov 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An activist who was pushed down a flight of stairs during an anti-Donald Trump rally at Ohio State University this week said he hopes the charge against his assailant is dropped.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Tim Adams said Tuesday that it wasn't necessary for police to charge OSU student Shane Stanton, 24, after Monday's incident.

Reports that Stanton has Asperger's syndrome surfaced after video of him pushing Adams in the student union building went viral.

Stanton's father confirmed Tuesday that his son does have the condition. Asperger's is a form of autism that often consists of difficulty with social interaction and impulse control.

The Worthington man was charged with misdemeanor assault. OSU police haven't said whether the charge will be dropped.