Pelham teacher and principal altercation leads to locked down school
Pelham city schools were locked down Tuesday after a slight physical altercation took place between an elementary school teacher and principal.
The incident took place just after 12:30 PM and the decision was made to lock all schools down as a precautionary measure.
The police report provided by the Pelham Police Department say that officers received a call in response to a teacher at the school Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers met with Pelham Elementary principal Torrey Williams.
According to the report, Williams says stated that he was having a parent teacher conference with teacher Bobby Leonard Edwards Jr., assistant principal Dera Harkins, Rosie Almond, and Beata Wilkerson with a two-year-old child in her lap. Williams added that Edwards was becoming upset and Ms. Almond asked Edwards why he was becoming upset.
Edwards then allegedly began to walk towards Almond in an aggressive manner, putting Almond in fear of her safety says the report. Principal Williams then intervened and got between the two of them and yelled at Edwards that "you can't do that."
The report states that Edwards grabbed Williams' neck tie and began to struggle with him then yelled "... you let this happen." Harkins tried to get Edwards out of the office while he was struggling with Williams, but was elbowed in the right cheek.
Parents were upset because they weren't notified of the lockdown but Dr. Jim Arnold, the Pelham City Schools Superintendent, said he didn't want to create "a mountain out of a molehill," and that the the safety of his students and staff are always his number one concern.
The teacher, 48-year-old Bobby Leonard Edwards Jr. was arrested for disruption of a public school, cruelty to children in the 3rd degree, two counts of battery, and simple assault.
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