PD: Parent assaults teacher in front of kindergartners

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 12:41 PM

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MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police said a parent forced his way into Emerson Elementary this week and assaulted a teacher in front of a classroom full of kindergartners.

However, parents told 3TV they were never notified about the assault and they’re wondering why not.

According to police, the suspect is a parent named Aaron Jermaine Byrd, who the school has had problems with before. The police report obtained by 3TV said school staff is scared of Byrd.

“I think that being a parent of a student they should inform us of what is going on, especially assaults, because not only does that put whoever's classroom in danger -- that could put any child in danger,” said Aftyn Diaz, parent of a kindergartner.

But these parents were blind-sided and upset when 3TV told them what happened at the school on Tuesday.

“Oh wow,” said Regina Poole, another parent who said she didn’t know about the assault until talking to 3TV.  “No, not at all.”

According to police, Byrd came to the school, yelling profanities and refusing to sign in at the front office. He broke another school rule by going into his daughter’s classroom according to the police report.

Police said he shoved his way into the classroom by pushing the teacher backward with his chest as she repeatedly asked him to “stop touching me.”

Byrd now faces a felony charge of assault on a school teacher.

When 3TV asked Emerson Elementary Principal Mark Norris why parents were not notified about a felony assault he said they didn’t need to know and even told the 3TV crew to stop telling parents. He refused to explain why he didn’t want them to know.

Parents said they plan to ask a few question of their own.

"Yeah, I think I should, because that's something that we should know about," said Poole.

Mesa Public Schools officials didn’t respond to requests for comment in time for this report.

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