Parents in a suburban Kentucky school district have despatched a transparent message to directors: They don’t need a youngster who allegedly created a “kill list” of scholars again within the classroom with their kids.
The anxious dad and mom spoke out final week after studying that the Boone County Board of Education had allowed the 14-year-old suspect to return to school regardless of having been charged with second-degree terroristic threats.
“Whatever help he has gotten, he is still a threat,” anxious dad or mum Deanne Corbin mentioned at a school board assembly in Boone County, which is simply throughout the Ohio River from Cincinnati, in accordance to native NBC affiliate WLWT.
Parent Rob Bidleman, who mentioned his little one was on the teenage suspect’s “active kill list,” struggled to comprise his feelings as he described listening to in regards to the improvement from Andy Wyckoff, the Conner High School principal.
“When I received the call from the principal, it was emotionally devastating,” Bidleman mentioned. “All I could think about was my child was in danger when they did nothing wrong.”
Another dad or mum, Karen Wells, mentioned Wyckoff has been put right into a tough state of affairs as a result of his personal son was one of many threatened college students.
“I don’t think it’s the right decision for the administration,” Wells mentioned. “I think it puts an unnecessary burden on Mr. Wyckoff with his own son on that list. He has to be impartial every day yet give this kid what he needs. Obviously, this kid needs a community to get behind him to help him because one day he’s going to be in our society.”
Wyckoff informed NBC News on Monday that as a result of the 14-year-old is a juvenile, his information are sealed and that he’s not conscious of the standing of the fees in opposition to him.
Wyckoff was additionally adamant that his son will stay at Connor High School despite the fact that he was one of many threatened college students.
“I am aware that some parents have moved their children to other schools, but I will not move my son,” he mentioned.
On Friday, Boone County School District Superintendent Matthew Turner mentioned in a letter to dad and mom that his fingers are tied and urged them to “talk to your local state legislator.”
“The Kentucky Constitution guarantees the right to a public education for every child without prejudice, and we are obligated to follow state law,” Turner wrote.
But the children, Turner wrote, shall be secure.
“I can assure you all appropriate safety measures have been taken and are in place,” the superintendent wrote. “Conner High School remains a safe school.”
In a separate case, a special 14-year-old Connor High School scholar was arrested in final 12 months for posting on-line that he was “bringing a knife to school” to kill a selected trainer, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office reported on Oct. 19.
That scholar was additionally charged with second-degree terroristic threats, the division mentioned.
“That is a different case that I will be dealing with soon,” Wyckoff mentioned. “This is a good school. This is not the kind of thing we usually deal with.”