Report: CES teacher and parent clash

OKEECHOBEE — A Central Elementary School (CES) teacher was trespassed from a local middle school after she reportedly became angry at another parent and threatened “to shoot someone.”

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Deputy Steven McKinley said that teacher and another parent apparently had a confrontation Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Yearling Middle School (YMS), 925 N.W. 23rd Lane.

Deputy McKinley, who is also a school resource officer, indicated the two women began to argue as they were picking up their children at that school.

According to the deputy’s report the clash started after a parent passed the teacher on the way to YMS then “… shot her the bird.”

The teacher reportedly told Deputy McKinley the other parent then pulled their vehicle in front of her and kept slamming on her brakes in an apparent attempt to cause an accident.

The deputy indicated he told the angry teacher there was nothing he could do about the other woman’s driving without witnessing the action.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Deputy McKinley was told that before he spoke with the CES teacher Tuesday she reportedly said “… if her daughter (of the other mother) said anything to her daughter she was going to come here (YMS) and shoot someone.”

When the deputy later spoke to the CES teacher she admitted to making that statement, noted the deputy’s report.

“She said as soon as she said it she realized she shouldn’t have said something like that,” stated Deputy McKinley. “She said she does not own a gun and she wouldn’t hurt another child.”

The teacher went on to tell the deputy she told her daughter that was the wrong thing to say and she should not have said it, added the report.

YMS principal Andy Brewer told Deputy McKinley he wanted the CES teacher trespassed from the YMS campus. The deputy then told the CES teacher she was trespassed from the middle school, and if she ever went back to that campus she would be arrested.

When contacted, assistant superintendent of schools Joni Ard said she couldn’t comment on the incident because it was currently under investigation by the school district.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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