Parents Picket Kermit School
Posted: 6:28 PM Sep 23, 2008
Last Updated: 8:09 PM Sep 23, 2008
Reporter: Carrie Cline
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KERMIT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hitting the books or taking a bullet? That's the decision some parents felt they had to make Tuesday morning after a loaded weapon was found on school property. It's the latest in a long line of incidents parents say all centers around one parent and her child. So, parents sent signs loud and clear--they're fed up.
They say they want safer schools, a better environment and security system in their child’s school and these parents at Kermit K-8 are forming a different kind of PTA--Parents Taking Action.
Parents are particularly upset about an incident that happened Monday night involving Marsha Evans. She's a parent of two girls at the school. A parent they call aggressive.
“She came to school and got into a scuffle with a school employee. Then, later when police were taking her statement, they noticed a loaded gun in her car on school property,” said Jenta Cheung, a parent.
According to the Mingo County Sheriff's Department, Evans was arrested and charged with assault of a school employee and possession of a firearm on school property--a felony.
“We are very concerned about our students safety and take it very seriously,” said Dora Chaffin, school principal.
But, parents say this is far from the first time Evans and her daughter have caused trouble and they’re taking their children out of school until something is done about it.
“I’m very concerned about my child’s education, but if it’s a choice between their academics and a bullet, I’m sorry, that’s a no-brainer,” said Cheung.
“We’re bringing in two security guards to patrol the school property. We want to make sure everyone is safe,” said Chaffin.
Marsha Evans was arrested Monday night, but is free on a $1500 bond. No court date has been set yet. Mingo County Sheriff Lonnie Hannah says if convicted, Evans could be banned from school property.