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Redfield Sixth Grader Explains Classroom Incident

March 5, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Redfield Sixth Grader Explains Classroom Incident
REDFIELD, SD -

Kylie Risetter says she and her classmates were getting set to work on a project in their art class. What happened next left her with mental scars.

"I never figured that my kid would be telling me something to this degree," Matt Risetter said.

It was a Tuesday inside a Redfield Middle School art classroom. The kids were ready to start class with a substitute teacher, but then she left the room, and things went horribly wrong.

"[He] walked in and he said 'Whoever makes a peep would put their faces on the ground.' Everybody thought he was joking, but he really wasn't. One other kid was put on the floor and that's when everybody was silent," Kylie Risetter said.

Kylie didn't know how to react after 11 of her classmates were sent to the ground and the high school junior smacked a metal ruler against their desks.

"I was scared. I wouldn't give him any eye contact or anything. I just kept my head down and just kept working," Kylie said.

45 minutes of mental torment that parents like Matt Risetter weren't informed about until days later after the principal apologized to the class. Risetter says he wasn't contacted about this incident until almost a week later through a letter sent home with Kylie.

"I'm more appalled by the administration not following through in an appropriate and timely fashion to notify parents," Risetter said.

Since that time, Kylie stayed home one day from school due to fear of going back to that art class.

"When she talks, it's a nervous talk when we bring up the incident. At this point, I don't believe that the school has provided any counseling opportunities," Risetter said.

Both Kylie and her father are finding their own ways to put this traumatizing event in the past.

"I'm willing to move on and put this behind, but I do want the school to come up with a prevention and corrective plan, preventative measures," Risetter said.

"Just try to move on, just try not to talk about it because I was scared that day and lots of people were, too," Kylie said.

We did reach out to the Redfield School District for comment about the incident, and Interim Superintendent Betty Twiss sent us the following statement: "Rest assured the situation is being taken care of by the administration.  There are inaccurate statements represented, however, we are unable to discuss student or staff issues according to state and federal laws."

Both Matt and Kylie said that the high school student was suspended for two days and is now banned from the art classroom. They added that the substitute teacher is still working with the school.

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