According to parents in attendance, the same fifth-grade student that was allegedly causing the fuss on the playground last Friday when Leitchfield police officers were called to the school, caused a scene in the hallway of the elementary school Thursday night.
But this time several parents were in attendance and were shocked by what they witnessed.
“I was in the lunchroom area and saw a kid at the window in the front of the office when I heard a scream. It was not just a scream but a terrifying scream,” said parent Michael Huff. “The kid screamed ‘Shut Up’ and when I went out there I saw a group of adults around him.”
Huff said he then went to the stepfather of his son and told him to come out there and see what was going on.
“My son came out too and that is when the kid started to really go off,” said Huff. “He started to kick the window and the desk and cursing. He used the ‘F” word several times. Eventually they got him outside and who knows how long he went off out there before they got him in the van. I was just trying to get my kid out the door and out of there.”
After discussing the incident with his ex-wife the parents decided not to send the child to school on Friday.
“I had heard there were problems but I had no idea this is what my son (who is also in the fifth-grade) was witnessing on a regular basis,” said Huff. “I understand this kid has rights but what happens when this kid goes off next time and kicks a kid instead of a desk or throws a desk and hits a kid. It is just not a safe environment for my child.”
After witnessing the tantrum firsthand, Huff has vowed not to send his child back to Wilkey.
“I will home school him or send him to private school. He is an A-B student so he is a good student,” said Huff. “I can not think of anything else to do. After what I saw I am more than a little concerned about the safety of the kids.”
A second parent said he heard the commotion and walked out there to see what was going on.
“All I really saw was the kid screaming at his mom and the mom screaming back at him,” said the parent. “When I saw who it was I knew what was happening and turned around and went back in the cafeteria. All I really know is for some reason they were leaving and he did not want to go.”
Huff said he was still shook up by the way the child acted the night before and wondered if the whole thing had this effect on him how it effected the children in the fifth-grade when it happened to them. He wondered how the teacher felt dealing with this.
“This was not like anything I have seen,” said Huff. “Just the look in the kids eyes was scary enough for me but the way he was screaming and kicking the window and desk was bad. So if the school is not going to do anything about this situation I don’t know what else to do but keep my kid home.”
There were 30 children absent from Wilkey on Friday. That number is a little high but not really out of the ordinary, reported school officials. There were five fifth-graders absent and five second-graders. The other twenty were from the other four grades combined.
H.W. Wilkey Principal Gwen Lucas said all questions should be directed to the superintendent and she could not comment on the issue.
Grayson County School Superintendent Barry Anderson said no students or teachers have been hurt or threatened by this child. But what happened at the school on Thursday night was between the parent and the child. The child was not under the care of the school system there was nothing school officials could do.