Idaho Parents Say Man Entered Class, Choked Boy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The guardian of a northern Idaho fifth-grader is upset with a school's response after she says a man entered a classroom, harassed and assaulted children and put her grandson in a chokehold.

Jerry Peery said Thursday that other parents in rural Craigmont called police after hearing what happened from their children after classes let out Monday.

She says school staff should have contacted authorities immediately.

Peery says 36-year-old Byron Scott Edwards assaulted her 10-year-old grandson.

Highland School and Lewis County officials are investigating the case.

Edwards is in jail and couldn't be reached for comment.

But his wife, Shana Edwards, said her husband was at the school helping their 11-year-old son Monday when he attempted to discipline another boy for saying something appropriate.

But she doesn't believe he slapped, kicked or choked any students at Highland School.

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